By Ioannis Tzortzakakis

Swiss-Italian sculptor and architect Taddeo Carlone died in Genoa, 25 March 1613. Born in a family of sculptors from Rovio, near Lugano, Taddeo moved to Rome at an early age, where he apprenticed to the workshop of his father. Later, he went to Genoa, where he spent the rest of his life. He soon became the favorite sculptor of Genoese aristocrats and made grandiose portals and theatrical fountains for their urban residences. He married to Giacomina Verra with whom he had two sons, Giovanni Bernardo Carlone and Giovanni Battista Carlone, both of whom became baroque painters of the Genoese School. His rich production of sculpture may be inclined to Roman Mannerism, yet the architectural activity of Taddeo Carlone has not been studied at that length.

Further reading

Piero Boccardo (1989) Andrea Doria e le arti – Committenza e mecenatismo a Genova, Roma: Fratelli Palombi.

Massimo Bartoletti and Laura Damiani Cabrini (1997) I Carlone di Rovio, Lugano: Fidia edizioni d’arte.

Giorgio Mollisi (2004) “La Genova dei Ticinesi. Gli artisti provenienti dal Ticino a Genova dal Medioevo al Settecento”, Arte & Storia, Vol. 5, No 20, pp. 48-55.

Engraved portrait of Taddeo Carlone.

Moses Bringing Water from the Rock, perhaps by Taddeo Carlone, 1600.

Remains of the statue of Giovanni Andrea Doria, 1590.

Fountain of Neptune 1599-1601, Villa del Principe, Palazzo di Andrea Doria.

Fountain of Neptune (detail).

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