Anton Maria Maragliano

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detail from crib at Sanctuary of Madonetta

Anton Maria Maragliano (18 September 1664 – 7 March 1739)[1] 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.

He pioneered important developments in the style of sculpting in wood, parallel to those driven by Filippo Parodi in marble sculpture and Domenico Piola in painting.

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.[2]


His works include:


  1. ^ Casalis mentions the dates as 1665-1741.
  2. ^ Dizionario geografico-storico-statistico-commerciale degli stati del Re di Sardegna, Volume 7, by Goffredo Casalis, Turin (1840), page 726.
  3. ^ "Comune di Bormida: Monumenti" (in Italian). Comunità Montana Alta Valbormida.