Bartolomeo Cavaceppi


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(?1716–99). Italian sculptor, restorer, and dealer. Trained by Pierre-Étienne Monnot, he executed a small number of original statues. But most of the energies of his big Roman workshop were devoted to the restoration of Antique sculptures to supply his century's insatiable thirst for classical art. Almost every collector of note, from Charles Townley to Catherine the Great, bought pieces from him. In a situation in which demand outstripped supply the boundaries between restored sculptures, copies, and outright fakes were blurred and Cavaceppi was expert at the conjectural reconstruction of entire statues or elaborate marble candelabra from the suggestion offered by an insignificant original fragment. Pieces by him are to be found in most of the older public art collections in Europe.

From The Oxford Companion to Western Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Art.

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