Francesco Antonio Franzoni

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Pair of Leopards, attributed to Francesco Antonio Franzoni, intarsia (marble with marble inlay), Honolulu Museum of Art

Francesco Antonio Franzoni (1734–1818) was an Italian sculptor and restorer.


Born in 1734 in the marble city of Carrara and trained there, Francesco Antonio Franzoni settled in Rome in the 1760s and established a workshop that specialised in the restoration of antique Roman sculpture, for which there was an insatiable demand, scarcely supplied by redoubled efforts at excavations. He worked on restoring, completing and refinishing sculptures destined for the Museo Pio-Clementino and provided marble revetments and sculptural details for its interiors, notably the biga (two-horse chariot) assembled in 1788 from antique elements,[1] in the sala del Biga of the Braccio Nuovo. He worked for Pope Pius VI, for whom he filled a room with animal sculptures, some made up from antique fragments, in the Palazzetto del Belvedere; he also worked for the papal family at Palazzo Braschi.

He died in Rome in 1818.

Some other sculptors in Rome renowned for their restorations[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • I. Bignamini, C. Hornsby, Digging And Dealing In Eighteenth-Century Rome (2010), p. 268-269
  • R. Carloni, 'Francesco Antonio Franzoni e Giuseppe Giovanelli nel Museo Pio-Clementino', in Strenna dei Romanisti; 64 (2003), p. 73-86
  • R. Carloni, 'Un mediatore del commercio marmoreo da Carrara a Roma alla fine del Settecento: lo scultore Francesco Antonio Franzoni', in Strenna dei Romanisti; 63 (2002), p. 71-91
  • R. Carloni, 'L'Inventario del 1818 di Francesco Antonio Franzoni', in Labyrinthos; 13 (1994), p. 231-250
  • R. Carloni, 'Francesco Antonio Franzoni restauratore e "antiquario" nel tempo di Pio VI', in Alma Roma; 22 (1981), p. 32-44


  1. ^ Including what was probably a votive marble chariot of the first century CE, which had been used as a cathedra at San Marco (Touring Club Italiano, Roma 669.)

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