Stefano Maderno

(c. 1576—1636)

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(b ?Rome, c.1576; d Rome, 17 Sept. 1636).

Italian sculptor. He was one of the leading sculptors in Rome during the papacy of Paul V (1605–21) before Bernini came into the ascendancy, working on statues and reliefs in numerous churches, notably the chapel that the pope had built (the Cappella Paolina, begun 1605) in S. Maria Maggiore. One of his sculptures has attained lasting fame: the recumbent figure of St Cecilia (1600) in S. Cecilia in Trastevere, a lyrical and poignant work that is said to show the body of the Early Christian martyr in the exact position in which it was discovered in the church in 1599.

Subjects: Art.

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