Alessandra Di Castro

Stand:   234

European Sculpture and works of art

Piazza di Spagna 3-4
00187 Rome
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Artists Exhibited at the fair:

  • Gaetano Bianchini

    Gaetano Bianchini

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    Carlo Orsi
  • Giacomo Francesco Cipper called ‘Il Todeschini’

    Giacomo Francesco Cipper called ‘Il Todeschini’

  • Domenico corvi

    Domenico corvi

  • Gaetano De Simone

    Gaetano De Simone

  • Calandrelli Giovanni

    Calandrelli Giovanni

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  • Giuseppe Girometti

    Giuseppe Girometti

    Biography : Together with Luigi Pichler (1773 – 1854), Giuseppe Girometti was one of the truly great modern Roman cameo engravers. His work may be admired today in the Louvre and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, at the British Museum in London and at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Palazzo Pitti in Florence. Before achieving success as a cameo engraver, Girometti trained as a sculptor under Vincenzo Pacetti. He carved four large stucco statues of the Cardinal Virtues for Foligno cathedral in 1791, at the age of only seventeen, and his portrait busts were extremely popular with gentlemen conducting the Grand Tour. One such bust, portraying Count Paolo Demidoff and carved in 1829, is now to be found in the Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Palazzo Pitti in Florence. Some time between 1810 and 1815 he began to turn his attention to the art of the cameo and the medal, profoundly renewing the field in a Neo-Classical sense. Unlike Pichler, who also devoted his energies to engraving, Girometti was particularly fond of the more sculptural and naturalistic cameo, a technique in which he rose to excellence on the Roman scene between 1820 and 1850. He was appointed head engraver at the Papal Mint in 1822 and worked there for a considerable length of time, covering the last part of the pontificate of Pius VII (1800–23) and the pontificates of Leo XII, Pius VIII and Gregory XVI. Girometti produced a large number of medals which enjoyed international renown. He designed more than sixty medals for the popes listed above, in addition to those modelled for numerous private clients and for such public institutions as the Accademia di San Luca. He was also extraordinarily prolific in the production of semi-precious stones, chiefly in the form of large cameos comprising several layers of colour and depicting mythological themes and renowned Classical sculptures and portraits, or reproducing the works of suc Artist's Objects:
  • Nicola (Niccolò) Morelli

    Nicola (Niccolò) Morelli

    Biography : Morelli, one of the most illustrious engravers of semi-precious stones working in Rome in the Neo-Classical era, was the gemstone engraver of choice for every member of the Bonaparte family residing in the city. He enjoyed, in particular, the favour of Napoleon's mother Letizia Ramolino Bonaparte, of her brother Cardinal Fesch and of the entire family of the emperor's brother Luciano Bonaparte. A sardonyx cameo depicting Napoleon in profile crowned with a laurel wreath reflecting the iconography of the ancient Roman emperors and mounted in a gold frame from the Castellani workshop may be admired in the Museo di Valle Giulia in Rome; while another profile portrait of the emperor sporting a laurel wreath and adorned with gold and diamonds is to be found in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. A remarkable parure commissioned by Cardinal Fesch as a gift for Letizia Ramolino Bonaparte and comprising a necklace with ten cameo portraits of members of the Bonaparte family, two earrings with portraits of Paolina Borghese and Carolina Murat and a medallion with the portrait of the emperor was unfortunately lost in the course of the 20th century. The parure was enthusiastically described by the scholar Giuseppe Antonio Guattani in 1807 and admired by the Roman art world in its entirety. And the same fate has befallen a cameo with a triple portrait of Napoleon, the Empress Marie Louise and the King of Rome embedded in the lid of a snuffbox and known to have been in the Merseyside County Museum in Liverpool until 1905. After Napoleon's fall, Morelli won several major commissions from Pope Pius VII and from the Holy Roman Emperor Francis II. Artist's Objects:
  • Carlo Camillo Tamietti

    Carlo Camillo Tamietti

    Biography : (Turin, recorded from 1778 to c. 1800) Artist's Objects: