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Giovanni Maria Morlaiter

Venice's Rococo chisel master

Morlaiter's San Gerolamo Emiliani in the Salute

...the most brilliant interpreter of the rococo in Venetian sculptureSemenzato

If Venetian sculptor Giovanni Maria Morlaiter (1699 - 1781) hadn't worked most of his life in Venice, and left most of his work in a single church, the Gesuati, where he worked side by side with Tiepolo, he'd probably be better known. Many museums around the world have examples of his elaborate candlesticks.

He was a founding member of the Accademia, and also has works in San Marcuola and a statue of San Gerolamo Emiliani in Santa Maria della Salute.

Rococo and Neoclassical


Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Wolfgang Moroder, Creative Commons License