On this day in 1662, sculptor Andrea Brustolon was born in Belluno. Working mostly in wood, Brustolon is best known for dramatic figure groups and elaborate furniture made for many of Venice’s elite families. Trained by his father at home and in Venice by Filippo Parodi, Brustolon combined his native alpine woodworking tradition with the dynamic elegance of Venetian art. He went to Rome around 1679 and seems to have settled back in Belluno by 1685. In addition to Venetian patricians, Brustolon worked for patrons in Padua, Belluno, Feltre, and other locales in northeast Italy.
Reference: Camillo Semenzato. “Brustolon, Andrea.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.
St. Peter Freed from his Chains, wood, Worcester Art Museum
Jacob’s Fight with the Angel, 1700-10, boxwood, Liebieghaus, Frankfurt
Sofa with African slaves, ca. 1700, walnut and leather, National Museum, Warsaw