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date: 22 October 2019

Fonduli family [Fondulo]locked

  • Robin A. Branstator
  •  and Adriano Ghisetti Giavarina



Italian family of artists. (1) Giovanni Paulo Fonduli was probably the son of Fondulino de Fonduliis (flc. 1444–9), a goldsmith and sculptor whose family had long-established ties with the district of Crema. Giovanni’s brother Bartolomeo Fonduli (fl Vicenza, 1471– 1505) also practised as a goldsmith. (2) Agostino Fonduli, son of Giovanni, was an architect as well as a sculptor, working throughout Lombardy and collaborating with Bramante in Milan.

Robin A. Branstator

(fl second half of 15th century).

Sculptor. A contract dated 29 November 1469, written by Fonduli himself, has survived, stipulating the execution of three all’antica terracotta altarpieces for a church to be built in the Castello at Este. From Fonduli’s handwriting and Venetian dialect, it can be deduced that he had had some education and that he had probably worked outside of Crema, in Padua. In a later contract of 3 March 1484...

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