Florentine Baroque art, which flowered under the government of the last of the Medici, continues to reveal how deserving it is of closer examination and research. Our awareness of personages who have long been labelled ‘minor’ may thereby be enriched and given greater clarity. This is the case with Giuseppe Piamontini, a sculptor whose growing reputation has for some time now justified a revaluation on the scale of this monograph by Sandro Bellesi, a well-established scholar of Florentine art of the 17th and 18th centuries. Piamontini was a versatile sculptor, part of a generation that Cosimo III sent to Rome to train in their art at the Medici Academy under Ciro Ferri and Ercole Ferrata. He was often entrusted by the Medici house with public and prestigious commissions.
A worthy practitioner of the great Florentine tradition in sculpture, Piamontini was as well versed in the sacred as in the profane and it is in one of his seculars works, in two groups of putti, that we can see him exploring a rich vein of measured and genteel Baroque dynamic naturalism.
Presentation by Cristina Acidini and Ornella Casazza
Introductory essay by Mina Gregori.