Giacomo Serpotta


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(b Palermo, 10 Mar. 1656; d Palermo, 27 Feb. 1732).

Sicilian sculptor in stucco. He was the greatest of all virtuosi in his medium and with the exception of Antonello da Messina the most distinguished artist to come from Sicily. Unlike Antonello, he spent almost all his life on the island and his work is mainly found in the churches of his native Palermo. His icing-sugar-white figures—elegant, delicate, charming, and joyous in spirit—are amongst the finest expressions of the Rococo in Italian art. He is particularly well known for his playful putti, but his finest single figure is generally acknowledged to be the enchantingly coquettish Fortitude (1714–17) in the Oratoria del Rosario di S. Domenico, Palermo. His father Gaspare (1634–70), his brother Giuseppe (1653–1719), and his son Procopio (1679–1755) were also sculptors, mainly in stucco.

Subjects: Art.

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