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Matilde Amaturo

He was the son of the goldsmith Giovanni Bazzani and trained in the studio of Giovanni Canti (1653–1715). Giuseppe was a refined and cultivated artist (Tellini Perina, 1988) and as a young man profited from the rich collections of art in Mantua, studying the works of Andrea Mantegna, Giulio Romano, 16th-century Venetian painters, especially Paolo Veronese, and Flemish artists, above all Rubens. His earliest works, for example the ...

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José Manuel Cruz Valdovinos

Spanish gold- and silversmith. He qualified as master of the guild of goldsmiths in Córdoba in 1736, and his earliest-known pieces follow the Baroque tradition prevalent there in the early 18th century and in particular the work of his father-in-law, Bernabé García de los Reyes (...

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Françoise de la Moureyre

French sculptor and bronze-caster. He came from a family of goldsmiths of Flemish origin who settled in Paris in the early 17th century. Early biographers state that he trained with Michel or François Anguier and at the Académie Royale. He spent six years at the Académie de France in Rome, where he is said to have studied above all the sculpture of Bernini. This was followed by four years in Venice. He applied for admission to the Académie in ...

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Maria Leonor d’Orey

Portuguese silversmith. Nothing is known of his early career. He was established in Oporto as a member of the Confraria de S Eloi (Confraternity of St Eligius) by 1747, as his name appears in a list of signatories to the ‘Covenant and Statutes of the workers in silver of the city of Oporto’ and to later additions to the Covenant, which was of major importance for the regulation of the craft in the city. In ...

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Oreste Ferrari

Italian painter and silversmith. He was important to the history of painting in Naples in the transitional period between the 17th and 18th centuries. His elegant art encouraged the movement away from Baroque drama towards a more tender, rocaille style in harmony with the earliest manifestations in Naples of the Arcadian school of poetry and of the Enlightenment. He painted frescoes, altarpieces and allegorical and mythological pictures....

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Tadeusz Chrzanowski

Polish family of goldsmiths. Nathaniel Schlaubitz (b Elbląg, 2 March 1662; d Gdańsk, 5 Dec 1726) was apprenticed to Benedykt Clausen and made a freeman of the guild in 1690. After attaining his master’s status and citizenship in Gdańsk, he stayed there for the rest of his life, serving in both the guild and municipal administrations. Of his identified works, including monstrances in Walichnowo and Wielki Garc and a chalice in Lignowo, the most outstanding is a tankard (Gdańsk, N. Mus.), decorated with scenes in high relief of the passing of the Israelites through the Red Sea. He belongs to the generation of Baroque goldsmiths whose work is characterized by dynamic, plastic forms and the use of repoussé work. Of his three sons Benjamin Schlaubitz, Nathaniel Schlaubitz the younger and Jan Gotfryd Schlaubitz, the two eldest died at an early age. ...

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Ferenc Batári

Hungarian goldsmith. He was a prominent master goldsmith and worked in the late Baroque and Rococo styles. In 1729 he was made a master of the goldsmiths’ guild of Lőcse and until his death was First Guild Master. He decorated his works with figural and landscape scenes, perfected the technique of enamelling on copper and used gem- and hardstones on his monstrances. As well as his initials ...