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  • SERPOTTA, Giacoma
    1656-1732






    Sculptor



  • Giacoma Serpotta was a Sicilian sculptor in stucco who came from a family of carvers and stucco-workers and spent most of his life on Palermo. He may have been in Rome when young, and thus acquainted with Late Baroque forms, though his decorations are closer to Rococo, while achieving, occasionally, an almost neoclassical purity. His technical virtuosity was outstanding, both in his figures in the round and in his reliefs, which exploit a pictorial quality in the delicacy of the recession. He is particularly famous for his putti, who gambol playfully over the walls of the Oratory at S. Lorenzo in Palermo.

    He was extremely prolific, and was assisted by his elder brother Giuseppe and his natural son Procopio, though their relations were not easy. In Palermo, from 1697 onwards, he worked in many churches and also at Agrigento and Alcamo.

    The bozzetto for his bronze equestrian Carlo II (destroyed 1848) is in Trapani.

  • Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists (Penguin Reference Books)





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