Francesco Queirolo

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Francesco Queirolo (1704–1762) was an Italian Genoese-born sculptor, active in Rome and Naples during the Rococo period.

He trained together with Giuseppe Rusconi in Rome. Here he executed the statues of St. Charles Borromeo and St. Bernard in the façade of Santa Maria Maggiore, a bust of Christine of Sweden (1740), the statue of Autumn in the Trevi Fountain (1749) and the sepulchre of Duchess Grillo in Sant'Andrea delle Fratte (1752).

After 1752 he was active in the decoration of the famed Neapolitan Cappella Sansevero.

Notable works[edit]

Il Disinganno

Release from Deception (Il Disinganno), produced in 1752-1759, shows a fisherman being released from a net by an angel. The masterpiece was carved from a single piece of marble and can be seen in Cappella Sansevero, Naples. The ambitious project was considered by some to be impossible to complete, and only Francesco agreed to attempt it.[1]


  1. ^ "Release from Deception by QUEIROLO, Francesco".

External links[edit]

  • Wittkower, Rudolf (1993). "Art and Architecture Italy, 1600-1750". Pelican History of Art. 1980. Penguin Books. pp. 449–450.