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Italian, 15th century, male.

Active at the end of the 15th century.

Sculptor. Religious subjects. Decorative schemes.

Venetian School.

According to records, from 1462 to 1486 Pier Antonio dell'Abate, together with the brothers Lorenzo and Cristoforo Canozi da Lendinara, produced woodcarvings for stalls in the churches of S Antonio in Padua, Santa in Monta in Venice and S Francisco in Treviso. Elements of his work can still be found in Ferrara....

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French, 17th century, male.

Active in Lyons, 1672-1690.

Sculptor. Religious subjects.

Benoît Amequin was a master sculptor and cabinetmaker. On 21 January 1673 he married Catherine Fourneau in the church of St-Nizier in Lyons; their son was baptised in that church on 11 February 1683...

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German, 18th century, male.

Active in Wittingau (Southern Bohemia).

Sculptor. Religious furnishings (altars).

Andrée lived in the early 18th century. He did several altars, notably the main altar and side altars of the monastic church of St Aegidius in Wittingau (Trebon, Bohemia). He is also recorded as having done the altars in the Gethsemane Chapel in Wittingau, destroyed in ...

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Arcabas  

French, 20th century, male.

Born 1926, in Frémery (Moselle).

Painter, sculptor, decorative designer. Figure compositions, religious subjects, landscapes. Murals, church decoration, designs for mosaics and stained-glass windows, stage sets, stage costumes.

Arcabas studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and also had a degree. He was a friend of the painter Dimitri Varbanesco. He exhibited in numerous towns in France and abroad. From ...

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Italian, 17th century, male.

Born to a family originally from San Ippolito; died before 1695.

Sculptor. Religious furnishings (altars).

Trajano Ascani's name is first mentioned in 1659 as having sculpted an altar for the church of S Gherardo in Serradeconti. Most of his work is to be found in Faenza: the S Ambrogio chapel altar in the church of S Benedetto (...

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Sophie Page

Astrology is the art of predicting events on earth as well as human character and disposition from the movements of the planets and fixed stars. Medieval astrology encompassed both general concepts of celestial influence, and the technical art of making predictions with horoscopes, symbolic maps of the heavens at particular moments and places constructed from astronomical information. The scientific foundations of the art were developed in ancient Greece, largely lost in early medieval Europe and recovered by the Latin West from Arabic sources in the 12th and 13th centuries. Late medieval astrological images were successfully Christianized and were adapted to particular contexts, acquired local meanings and changed over time....

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French, male.

Born 25 December 1795, in Tours, Or in 1796 according to some sources; died 6 February 1861, in Tours.

Potter. Bestiaries. Decorative schemes, church decoration, busts.

School of Tours.

Avisseau was the son of Charles Avisseau, a stone-cutter and later a potter and a 'firer of earthenware'. Charles-Jean Avisseau began his career working for his father as a stone-cutter. He then studied at the École Académique de Dessin (academy of drawing) in Tours, and later became an apprentice in an earthenware factory in St-Pierre-des-Corps. He had already become a respected colourist by ...

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German, 16th century, male.

Died probably, in Odense, Denmark.

Sculptor (wood). Religious furnishings (altars).

Lübeck School.

Claus Berg made the altar for the Franciscan church at Odense in Denmark in about 1520. Berg was summoned to Odense by Queen Christina, and while there he married. An altar in Lübeck showing the Holy Family has been attributed to him, as well as an altar in Bregninge....

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Born 1692, in Bologna; died 1776.

Painter, decorative designer, fresco artist, draughtsman, sculptor. Mythological subjects, religious subjects, figures, landscapes with figures. Stage sets, church decoration.

The year of Vittorio Bigari's death is questioned by some sources cited by Moser, which contend that he lived and worked in Russia until ...

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Flemish School, 15th – 16th century, male.

Active in Brussels.

Sculptor (wood). Religious furnishings (altars).

Brussels School.

Jan Borreman was the head of a famous studio in Brussels producing retables in a style that was flamboyant and, in its expressiveness, akin to the painting of Rogier Van der Weyden. In around ...

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Bohemian School, 18th century, male.

Born 25 February 1684, in Otz (Tyrol), or in Sautens (Tyrol), according to some sources; died 15 February 1738, in Prague.

Sculptor, decorative designer. Religious subjects, allegorical subjects. Statues.

Mathias Bernard Braun established himself in Prague in 1710. Little is known of the early life of this Baroque sculptor. It is thought that he studied in Italy, where he was strongly influenced by the works of Bernini....

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French, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 11 February 1763, in Toulon; died 28 February 1831, in Toulon.

Sculptor, draughtsman, art restorer. Religious subjects, seascapes. Decorative schemes.

Brun first studied sculpture at the workshop of the Port of Toulon, before moving to Rome in 1782, where he spent six months perfecting his art with the Roman masters of the day. With no means to support himself, he eventually returned to France. Two years later, influential patrons secured him a grant from the King, enabling him to study in Italy for a further four years. Upon his return to Toulon in ...

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Alison Manges Nogueira

Monumental, marble paschal Candlestick of the late 12th to early 13th century with reliefs signed by Nicolaus de Angelo and Vassallettus now in S Paolo fuori le Mura, Rome. The imposing column (h. 5.6 m), adorned with six registers of reliefs and surmounted by a fluted candle holder, rests upon a base of sculpted lions, sphinxes, rams and female figures. The upper and lower reliefs bear vegetal and ornamental patterns while the three central registers portray ...

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Italian, 16th century, male.

Born 1509, in Gandino near Bergamo; died 1579, in Madrid, in 1569 according to the Larousse Dictionary.

Painter, sculptor, draughtsman (including wash), architect, decorative artist, art restorer. Religious subjects, historical subjects, mythological subjects. Wall decorations, frescoes.

After a study trip to Rome, paid for by his protector Tobia Pallavicini, Giovanni Battista Castello (Il Bergamasco) produced a series of works in Genoa and Bergamo. His best-known works in Bergamo include the fresco ...

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Russian, 20th century, male.

Active naturalised in France from 1937.

Born 7 July 1887, in Vitebsk; died 28 March 1985, in St-Paul-de-Vence, France.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, sculptor, ceramicist, engraver, decorative artist, illustrator. Religious subjects, portraits, genre scenes, landscapes, landscapes with figures. Murals, designs for stained glass, designs for mosaics, low reliefs...

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German, 18th century, male.

Born 1706, in Riedlingnen (Württemberg); died 1777, in Riedlingnen.

Sculptor. Religious subjects.

One of the sculptors of the German Rococo movement. With the cabinetmaker Martin Hermann he made the stalls of the Benedictine abbeys of Zwielfalten ( Scenes from the Life of the Virgin...

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Italian, 15th century, male.

Born 5 June 1436, in Lucca; died 12 October 1501, in Lucca.

Sculptor, architect. Religious furnishings (altars).

Florentine School.

Matteo Civitali was a pupil of Antonio Rossellino, then worked with his master in Florence. He was responsible for introducing printing to Lucca. His work as an architect includes the Palazzo Pretorio in Lucca: its plans are attributed to him. He was a humanist, and his first works as a sculptor were representations of humanists of his day: ...

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French, 15th century, male.

Sculptor, painter. Religious subjects. Decorative schemes.

From 1462 to 1481 Jacquet Cordonnier II worked for Troyes Cathedral, carving, among other things, Cain and Abel for the porch, and figures of angels, St Peter, and a crucifix for a reliquary. In 1486...

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Spanish, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1862, in Huesca; died 1928.

Painter, sculptor, decorative artist. Religious subjects.

Coronas, a coadjutor of the Jesuits, lived and worked in numerous towns in Spain, where he covered the walls of religious buildings with his compositions.

Arnáiz, José Manuel...

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Belgian, 20th century, male.

Active also active in France.

Born 5 February 1910, in Brussels; died 1 May 1985.

Painter, draughtsman, decorative designer, sculptor. Religious subjects, figures, urban landscapes, still-lifes.

Raymond Dauphin studied law and painted at the same time. In 1936 he decided to devote himself exclusively to painting. In ...