(1851-1920) sculptor born in Cannobio, Italy. At age fourteen he went to Milan where he studied sculpture for 4 years at l’Academie. Winning first prize, Branca is one of the most eminent sculptors of the Lombard School. His Louis XVII life size marble statue was sold in Paris in 1878. He received the Mention Honorable at the Salon de Paris in 1889.