Ercole Ferrata


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(1610–86). Italian sculptor. After training in Genoa and a period in Naples he arrived in Rome in 1646, where he worked as a trusted assistant to both Bernini and Algardi. From the mid-1650s Ferrata was involved in most major Roman sculptural projects and established a flourishing workshop. In it were trained many of the most prominent sculptors of the late Baroque period, including Caffa, Foggini, and Rusconi. Ferrata's best-known mature work is the flamboyantly Baroque statue of S. Agnes on the Pyre (begun 1660), part of his scheme for the decoration of S. Agnese in Agone. His later work is more temperate in style, depending more on the example of Algardi than Bernini.

From The Oxford Companion to Western Art in Oxford Reference.

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