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Giovan Battista Antonini

After moving from Rome to Naples, this sculptural genius worked mainly in the surrounding province, becoming a leading exponent of southern Italian rococo sculpture. His masterpiece is the high-altar complex in the Church of San Michele Arcangelo in Piano di Sorrento, completed in 1713. In a way, his sculptural oeuvre can be considered a transposition of the painting of Giacomo del Po. Towards the end of his life, his style evolved into a spirited expressionism, as can be seen from his work from the 1720s in the cathedral and church of the Annunziata in Sant’Agata dei Goti.