French engraver, sculptor, and writer on art; born at Paris May 27, 1846; son of David Soldi, a professor of modern languages and a native of Denmark. In 1869 Emile Soldi was awarded the Grand Prix at Rome for medal-engraving. Four years later he exhibited at the Fine-Arts Exposition a cameo in onyx, "Actéon," and a bronze medal in alto-rilievo, "Gallia," both of which were purchased by the government for the museum of the Luxembourg palace, the seat of the French Senate. He sculptured in marble the bas-reliefs "La Science et l'Art," a "Medaille à la Mémoire des Victimes de l'Invasion," and a "Medaille à la Mémoire des Mobiles de la, Seine-Inférieure." In 1880 he executed a model of one of the gates of the citadel of Angkor-Tohm, according to Delaporte's plan of restoration. Of his other works may be mentioned medallion portraits of the Duchess Colonna de Castiglione, Mlle. B. Gismondi, and Mlle Bergole (1876); "A l'Opéra," a plaster statue (1880); and a bust of Guillaumet (1887).
Soldi is the author of the following works on archeology: "L'Art et Ses Procédés Depuis l'Antiquité," "L'Art Egyptien" (1876), "Recueil et Mémoire pour l'Histoire de l'Art," "Les Arts Méconnus," and "Les Nouveaux Musées du Trocadéro" (1881). Soldi is a chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
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