Francesco Queirolo

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Francesco Queirolo (Italian pronunciation: [franˈtʃesko kweiˈrɔːlo]; 1704–1762) was an Italian Genoese-born sculptor, active in Rome and Naples during the Rococo period.

Biography[edit]

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 Wealth in the Trevi Fountain (1735)[1] 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.[2]

Release from Deception (Il Disinganno)[edit]

Il Disinganno

Release from Deception (Il Disinganno), produced in 1752–1759,[2] 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 inscription on the book at the bottom of the sculpture depicts in Latin the words of the angel to the fisherman, made up of three different quotations from the Vulgate Holy Bible put together:

VINCULA TUA DISRUMPAM (Nahum i. 13)

VINCULA TENEBRARUM ET LONGÆ NOCTIS (QUIBUS ES) COMPEDITUS (Sapientiæ xvii. 2)

UT NON CUM HOC MUNDO DAMNEBIS (St. Paul 1 Corinthians. xi. 32)

“I will burst thy bonds asunder, / being fettered with the bonds of darkness, and a long night, / that you will not be condemned with this world.”


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trevi Fountain – Nemo.Guide". Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  2. ^ a b Macci, Fazio (2006). Museo Cappella Sansevero (in Italian). Naples: Museo Cappella Sansevero. ISBN 88-88247-33-5.

External links[edit]

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