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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Santo Calegari il Vecchio (the Elder) (1662–1719)

Sculptor, said to have been trained by a pupil of Alessandro Algardi, and credited with introducing the Roman Baroque style to Brescia. He was father to two sculptors, Antonio and Alessandro, and uncle to a third, Santo the Younger, who continued the family business. In Brescia, his works include the sculptures on the façade of Santi Faustino e Giovita, 1702, and the figure of Faith in the chapel of the Holy Sacrament, Sant’Agata.

Bibliography: T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of Kensington and Chelsea with Westminster South-West, Watford, 2023, p. 128; M. Napier and A. Laing, The London Oratory. Centenary 1884–1984, London [1984], pp. 79–80.

Terry Cavanagh November 2022