Baroque and Rococo

 

Baroque and Rococo Art Map


 




Alessandro Algardi




 

 
Alessandro Algardi

(b Bologna, 31 July 1598; d Rome, 10 June 1654).

Italian sculptor, architect and draughtsman. He was, with Gianlorenzo Bernini, the most important sculptor active in Rome in the middle years of the 17th century. After the early death of François Duquesnoy in 1643, Algardi’s work came to represent the classicizing stylistic antithesis to the High Baroque sculpture of Bernini, and the two artists were perceived by their contemporaries as equals and rivals. During Algardi’s first years in Rome, Bernini was the principal sculptor in demand at the court of Urban VIII, and Algardi had to be content with relatively modest commissions given to him by patrons with connections to his native Bologna. It was only during the papacy of Innocent X (1644–55) that he came to true artistic prominence, revealing himself to be one of his century’s greatest relief and portrait sculptors. At a time when few sculptors drew with any skill, Algardi was an accomplished draughtsman, making drawings for his sculptural projects and also original works for engravers. In addition he worked as an architect, though the exact extent of his involvement with the design of many of the buildings with which his name has been associated is unclear.

 


St Mary Magdalene

1640-50
Bronze, height: 65 cm
Chiesa di SS. Vittore e Carlo, Genoa



 

 


St John the Evangelist

1640-50
Bronze, height: 70 cm
Chiesa di SS. Vittore e Carlo, Genoa
 

 


Bust of Monsignor Antonio Cerri

c. 1637
Marble, height 85,5 cm
City Art Gallery, Manchester



 

Heracles and the Hydra

Bronze, height: 32 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest



 

Bust of Pope Innocent X

Marble
Galleria Doria-Pamphili, Rome



 

St John the Evangelist

1629
Stucco, over life-size
San Silvestro al Quirinale, Rome



 

St Mary Magdalene

1629
Stucco, over life-size
San Silvestro al Quirinale, Rome



 

Bust of Cardinal Giovanni Garzia Mellini

1637-38
Marble, life-size
Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome



 

St Philip Neri

1636-38
Marble, height c. 300 cm
Santa Maria Vallicella, Rome



 

Vision of St Nicholas

1651-55
Marble
San Nicola da Tolentino, Rome



 

Bust of Donna Olimpia Maidalchini

1646-47
Marble, height 70 cm
Galleria Doria-Pamphili, Rome



 

Sleep

c. 1635
Black marble
Galleria Borghese, Rome



 

Laudivio Zacchia

1626
Marble
Staatliche Museen, Berlin



 

The Meeting of Leo I and Attila

1646-53
Marble, height: 750 cm
Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican



 

The Meeting of Leo I and Attila
(detail)
1646-53
Marble
Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican

 

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