Sculptor Lazzaro Morelli was born 30 October 1608 in Ascoli Piceno. After training with his father in Florence, Lazzaro moved to Rome to join the studio of sculptor Francois Duquesnoy. He later became assistant to Gianlorenzo Bernini, working for him until Bernini’s death in 1680. Bernini entrusted a number of important projects to Morelli, including the Chair of St. Peter, the majority of the travertine statues carved for Piazza San Pietro,  the statue of Truth and the shroud on the tomb of Alexander VII, and the angel holding a scourge on the Ponte Sant’Angelo.

Reference: Robert H. Westin. “Morelli, Lazzaro.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press..

Angel Holding a Scourge. Ponte Sant’Angelo, Rome.

Gianlorenzo Bernini with Lazzaro Morelli, Tomb of Pope Alexander (Chigi) VII, 1671-78, marble and gilded bronze, over life-size, Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican.

Gianlorenzo Bernini with Lazzaro Morelli, The Throne of Saint Peter, 1657-66, marble, bronze, white and golden stucco. Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican.

Piazza San Pietro, Rome.

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