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Bernardino Cametti (1669–1736) was an Italian sculptor of the late Baroque .

Cametti: Hunting Diana, Rome 1717/1720 (Bode-Museum, Berlin)

Cametti was born in Rome. Among his earliest works was a marble relief of the Canonization of St Ignatius (1695–1698) for the church of the Gesù, based on a design by Andrea Pozzo, and a monument to Count Vladislav Constantine Wasa’’ (Stimmate di San Francesco, 1698–1700), commissioned by Cardinal Giovanni Francesco Albani (later pope Clement XI).

Cametti's family originally came from Gattinara in the Piedmont, hence it was not surprising that after initially working in the studio of Lorenzo Ottoni in Rome, he was contracted to work in Turin to complete sculptural altar relief of the Annunciation(1729) for the Basilica di Superga, built by Juvarra, who also influenced the commission. Agostino Cornacchini (1686–1754) also contributed reliefs to the church. Cametti's relief influenced Filippo della Valle’s relief of the Annunciation for the church of Sant'Ignazio in Rome.

Cametti also completed statues of angels crowning the St. Francis Regis altar of the church of las Descalzas Reales in Madrid, which features a large relief by Rusconi. A Hunting Diana (1720) in the Bode-Museum of Berlin is by Cametti. His Monument to prince Taddeo Barberini in the church of Santa Rosalia in Palestrina in 1704 reflects a change in tomb sculptural designs, moving away from the emotive memento mori of high baroque towards a more serene attention to eternal fame and glory.

References

  • Boucher, Bruce (1998). Italian Baroque Sculpture. Thames & Hudson. pp. 120, 168–170.  

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