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Francesco Fanelli - Italian Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Francesco Fanelli (1590 - 1653)

Although little is known about Francesco Fanelli’s life, he probably was from Florence. He worked in Genoa for a little while as a bronze sculptor of religious figures and then moved to England. He received a pension from Charles I in 1635 and was called the “Sculptor to the King of Great Britain.” Fanelli also worked in ivory but metal was far more popular in England due to the lack of talented bronze-workers in the region at that time. He created mythological and religious sculptures for his royal patrons and also made Baroque style portraits. He made a fountain of sirens astride dolphins, alternating with scallop shells, with putti clasping fish and other figures, for the king at Hampton Court Palace.

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