(fl Venice, c. 1530; d Bologna, c. 1543).
Italian sculptor. He was the son of a sculptor from Bergamo, Venturino Fantoni (fl c. 1517; d c. 1524). Vasari and Francesco Sansovino mention him as a disciple of Jacopo Sansovino, and his earliest surviving work, a statuette of St Lawrence (1530) made in competition with a St Jerome by Danese Cattaneo (both Venice, S Salvatore), is a modest work showing the influence of Sansovino. His other surviving Venetian work, Christ Showing his Wounds, made for the now destroyed Santa Croce, Venice (c. 1535; Venice, Ca’ d’Oro), is a more accomplished performance in the same vein. Fantoni made an equestrian statue probably also dating from the 1530s for S Marina in Venice, as well as figures of St Dorothy, St Lucy and St Catherine (all destr.) for S Giovanni Novo.
In 1532 Fantoni was engaged on relief decoration for the Scuola di S Rocco, and by ...