The Rigali Legacy
In 1881, John E. Rigali, the great-grandfather of the firm’s five current full-time family members, immigrated to Chicago and began working with the Daprato brothers after completing his art training with the well-known instructor Maestro Colognieri of Florence. By 1884, John E. Rigali became a partner, and ultimately in 1890, president of Daprato Statuary Company. The firm was headquartered in Chicago at the corner of Van Buren and Canal Street.
In 1909, our studios received the title of “Pontifical Institute of Christian Art”, an honor bestowed by His Holiness Pope St. Pius X. We continue to wear this title with pride, memorializing the Holy Father’s coat of arms within our company crest.
The Daprato Statuary Company forged on through the years with a family member guiding the organization through every generation. In 1960, under the guidance of Robert Rigali, the organization took on a new name, Daprato Rigali Studios, and in the wake of Vatican II, the company successfully reinvented itself turning change into growth, and challenges into opportunities. Daprato Rigali Studios steadily expanded its dedication to artistic church decoration and statuary over the decades, building a nationwide reputation of excellence and consistency.