Anton Maria Maragliano
Anton Maria Maragliano (18 September 1664 – 7 March 1739) was an Italian sculptor of the Baroque period, known primarily for his wooden statues. He was born in Genoa, where he led an important workshop.
He is called also Maraggiano by some ancient authors.
His workshop produced many typical religious sculptures, representing Madonnas, figures of saints and narrative scenes from the Bible. These are now preserved in many churches and sactuaries throughout Liguria (mainly in Genoa, Rapallo, Chiavari, Celle Ligure, Savona) and also in Spain.
For the Casacce (the Genoese confraternities) he also produced statues and crucifixes to be carried in processions on feast days.
He was called by Casalis, the Phidias of Genoa. His son Giovanni Battista Maragliano was also a wood sculptor in Cadiz and Lisbon, till his death during a robbery in the latter city. Among other pupils were Francesco and Pietro Galeano.
His works include:
- St. Francis's Ecstasy in the Church of Padre Santo (St. Francesco Maria da Camporosso) in Genoa
- Vision of St. Pascal Baylon in the church of Santissima Annunziata del Vastato in Genoa
- Procession statues of St. Anthony Abbot and St. Paul the First Hermit, preserved in the church of St. Anthony Abbot (Mele - Genoa)
- St. Michael Archangel in the Oratory of San Michele (Celle Ligure)
- Figures of the crib at the Sanctuary of Madonnetta, Genoa.
- In Cadiz: Madonna del Carmine,San Raffaele Archangel,Risen Christ
- In Santa Margherita Ligure three interesting works: Guardian Angel and St. John Nepomunk at the Basilica of Santa Margherita and St. Erasmus at the Oratory of Sant'Erasmo.
- A wooden Madonna preserved in the church of San Francesco alla Chiappetta at Bolzaneto (Genova)
- A crucifix in San Croce Church in Moneglia.
- A wooden Madonna of San Giorgio at Bormida (Province of Savona) (uncertainly attributed to him).
- Casalis mentions the dates as 1665-1741.
- Dizionario geografico-storico-statistico-commerciale degli stati del Re di Sardegna, Volume 7, by Goffredo Casalis, Turin (1840), page 726.
- "Comune di Bormida: Monumenti" (in Italian). Comunità Montana Alta Valbormida.
- Soprani, Raffaello (1769). Carlo Giuseppe Ratti, ed. Delle vite de' pittori, scultori, ed architetti genovesi. Stamperia Casamara in Genoa, dalle Cinque Lampadi, con licenza de Superiori; Digitized by Googlebooks from Oxford University copy on Feb 2, 2007. pp. 166–171.
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