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Italian, 17th – 18th century, male.

Born 1652, in Florence; died 1725, in Florence.

Sculptor, draughtsman, architect. Religious subjects, mythological subjects. Groups, busts, statues, low reliefs, objets d'art.

Giovanni Battista Foggini studied initially in Florence and then moved to Rome to complete his studies at the request of Cosimo de' Medici III, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Foggini subsequently returned to work in Florence where, among other things, he produced a bust of ...

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Born 1702, in Bologna; died 1766, in Bologna.

Painter, sculptor, engraver, architect. Religious subjects. Church decoration.

Ercole Lelli was a pupil of J.P. Zanotti and director of the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna. He is known for the paintings he produced for churches in Bologna and Piacenza....

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French, 17th – 18th century, male.

Born 1640, in Avignon; died 10 April 1725, in Paris.

Painter, sculptor, architect.

Pierre Mignard II was the painter to Maria Teresa of Austria, Knight of the Order of Christ and a member of Académie d'Architecture. He designed the choir and cupola of Avignon Cathedral; the theatre in Avignon; the Benedictine altar in Roquefort; the hospital, Hôtel Dieu, and Hôtel des Galéans, in Avignon; Montmajour Abbey; and the façade of St-Nicolas college in Paris....

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Pomposa  

Charles B. McClendon

Italian former Benedictine abbey near the mouth of the Po River and 45 km north of Ravenna in the province of Emilia Romagna. Although first documented in ad 874, a monastic settlement probably existed there at least two centuries earlier. Pomposa rose to prominence in the 10th and 11th centuries through the support of the Holy Roman emperors. Over the course of the 14th century, a notable series of wall paintings in three different buildings were sponsored despite the monastery’s waning fortunes. In 1663 the monastic community was suppressed by papal decree. The site was secularized in 1802 and became property of the Italian state after 1870.

The proportions of the wooden-roofed basilican church, along with the polygonal outline of its main apse, reflect influence from nearby Ravenna and Classe and suggest a date in the 8th or 9th century. An elaborate pavement of mosaic and cut stone (opus sectile...

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Italian, 18th – 19th century, male.

Active in Urbino.

Born 15 November 1759; died 25 May 1848.

Sculptor, painter, architect, art restorer. Religious subjects.

A pupil of Michelangelo Dolci, Francesco Rondelli succeeded his master as professor at the academy in Urbino. He carved a number of figures of angels in Urbino Cathedral as well as painting a ...

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French, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 5 January 1742, in Paris; died 30 June 1826, in Charenton-le-Pont.

Painter, sculptor. Religious subjects, figures, architectural views.

Jean Baptiste Stouf was apprenticed to Guillaume Costou II, came second in the sculpture competition in 1769, and became an Académicien on ...