One of the more charismatic personalities from Florentine sculpture of the late Baroque period, Giovacchino Fortini (1670-1736) distinguished himself in the course of his prolific artistic career through important works in various artistic areas. Although best known for his exquisite marble and bronze statues, the artist also established his name in the fields of medal design, stage design, decorative arts and architecture.
This first monograph provides a complete catalogue of Fortini’s artistic production. It also presents masterpieces that have remained completely unpublished to this day, making up half of the artist’s output.
Large format plates reproduce works in great detail and are followed by analytical descriptions and an abundance of detailed information. The book is divided into three sections: autographic works, collaborations and works of uncertain attribution and works that have been lost or are presently unidentified. Apart from ample scholarly writing on his life and fortunes as an artist, there is also space for the history of the Fortini family from the 16th to the 20th centuries.
In its two volumes, this publication offers a panorama of all the aspects that characterised this historic period, which saw the end of the Medici dynasty, not just in relation to art, but taking in the political and social context of the era.