By Anne Leader

Francesco di Lorenzo Mochi died on 6 February 1654 in Rome. Trained in Florence by Santi di Tito, Mochi spent his career in the Eternal City. His first independent commission may have been the Annunciation carved for Duke Mario Farnese for Orvieto Cathedral, often called the first “truly Baroque” sculpture. Like Caravaggio and Annibale Carracci, Mochi was an innovator who made important contributions to the development of Baroque art despite a career marred by ups and downs and overshadowed by the great Gian Lorenzo Bernini, with whom he worked on the decoration of New St. Peter’s.

Reference: ”Mochi, Francesco.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web.

Angel of Annunciation and Virgin Annunciate, 1603-5, marble, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Orvieto

St. Veronica, St. Peter’s, Rome

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