(b Settignano, 1469; d Saragossa, April 21, 1519).
Italian sculptor, active in Spain. He came from a family of artists and trained as a sculptor in marble under an unidentified Florentine master. In 1508 he is recorded in Carrara buying marble, possibly for the tomb of the Cardinal of Spain, Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, Archbishop of Seville, who died in 1502, a commission from the deceased’s brother, Iñigo López de Mendoza, Conde de Tendilla. The latter was influential in introducing the Renaissance to Spain and was Spain’s ambassador to the Holy See. The tomb was made in Genoa in 1509, and Fancelli went to Spain to supervise its installation in the Capilla de la Antigua, in the south transept of Seville Cathedral. It is designed in the form of an arch set against the wall and decorated with niches housing small statues, the front with garlands and the base with shallow low reliefs, all reminiscent of the 15th century. From Seville, where the cathedral chapter tried to retain him, Fancelli went to Granada and contracted again with ...