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date: 21 September 2019

Cattaneo, Daneselocked

(b Colonnata, Carrara, c. 1509; d Padua, 1572).
  • Bruce Boucher


(b Colonnata, Carrara, c. 1509; d Padua, 1572).

Italian sculptor. His family lived in the mountains of Carrara and was connected with the marble trade. Vasari placed him among the pupils of Sansovino before the Sack of Rome in 1527, and when his master moved to Venice, Cattaneo followed. His earliest surviving independent work is a statuette of St Jerome, made in competition with a St Lawrence (both Venice, S Salvatore) by Giacomo Fantoni in 1530. It is an accomplished semi-nude figure in the style of Sansovino, a style that Cattaneo sustained throughout his career. During the 1530s Cattaneo was briefly involved in the stucco ceiling decoration of the chapel of S Antonio in the Santo in Padua, and he also collaborated with Fantoni on Serlio’s high altar for the church of the Madonna di Galliera in Bologna. Vasari (v, p. 91) credited him with a relief portrait of Duke Alessandro de’ Medici, but this has not survived. Probably his first major surviving commission was for the marble statue of a ...

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