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If you had the ability and years of training to take a block of wood or stone and turn it into a sublime piece of art, you too could have been employed by the church, the royal court or by a monied patron. Talented sculptors were usually in high demand and one could count on regular and continuing employment if one had the skill and techniques required. Here are many who did.
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Etienne-Maurice Falconet

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1716, Dec 11755-1780s1791, Jan 4
counted among the first rank of French Rococo sculptors. Many of Falconet's religious works, commissioned for churches, were destroyed at the time of the French Revolution. His work on private commission fared better. Falconet's somewhat prettified and too easy Rococo charm incurred the criticism of the Encyclopædia Britannica, 1911 edition.
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Istvan Ferenczy

aka: István
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1792, Feb 241819-18561856, Jul 4
a nineteenth-century Hungarian sculptor. It was Ferenczy who discovered marble in Ruszicka. Travels and excavations cost his much of his fortune. He completed the "Statue of Kölcsey", his major work in 1846 but retired from larger sculpture work from 1847 onwards. Only the statue of "Eurydike", one of his best works, and small clay statuettes occupied in hi...
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Gregorio Fernandez

aka: Fernández
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15761606-1630s1636, Jan 22
a Spanish Baroque sculptor. He belongs to the Castilian school of sculpture. Gregorio Fernández was a great expert on his trade, which he practiced with high technical perfection. His extensive knowledge of the human body allowed him to create highly detailed anatomies with the hardness of bones, the tension of muscles, the tenderness of flesh or the smooth...
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Gaudenzio Ferrari

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1471 ca1510s-15421546, Jan 11
a Northern Italian painter and sculptor of the Renaissance, one of the leading representatives of the Lombard school. His initial pictorial style may be considered as derived mainly from the old Milanese school, which had imbibed the classic influence of Leonardo and pupils such as Bramantino. However, the provincial impetus was also strong, as is demonstrat...
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Kolyu Ficheto

aka: Nikola Fichev
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18001836-18761881
a Bulgarian National Revival architect, builder and sculptor. Some of his notable works include the Byala Bridge over the Yantra River close to Byala (1865-1867), the Covered Bridge in Lovech over the Osam (1872-1874), churches in his native town, as well as in Svishtov (Church of the Holy Trinity, 1867) and Veliko Tarnovo (1844), where he also designed a nu...
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Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach

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1656, Jul 201671-17231723, Apr 5
an Austrian architect, sculptor, and architectural historian whose Baroque architecture profoundly influenced and shaped the tastes of the Habsburg Empire. His influential book A Plan of Civil and Historical Architecture (1721) was one of the first and most popular comparative studies of world architecture. His major works include Schönbrunn Palace, Karlski...
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John Flaxman

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1755, Jul 61767-1820s1826, Dec 7
a British sculptor and draughtsman, and a leading figure in British and European Neoclassicism. Early in his career he worked as a modeller for Josiah Wedgwood's pottery. He spent several years in Rome, where he produced his first book illustrations. He was a prolific maker of funerary monuments.
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Giovanni Battista Foggini

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1652, Apr 251676-17251725, Apr 12
an Italian sculptor active in Florence, renowned mainly for small bronze statuary. In Florence, his masterpieces are his sculptural relief work in the Capella Corsini of the Chiesa del Carmine.
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John Henry Foley

aka: JH Foley
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1818, May 241839-18611874, Aug 27
an Irish sculptor, working in London. he is best known for his statues of Daniel O'Connell in Dublin, and of Prince Albert for the Albert Memorial in London. Foley exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1839 and 1861.
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John Frazee

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1790, Jul 181820s-18501852, Feb 24
an American sculptor and architect. The Smithsonian has a collection of many of his sculptures as well as paintings of Frazee by other artists including Asher B. Durand and Henry Colton Shumway. In 1826, he helped found the National Academy of Design.
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Emmanuel Fremiet

aka: Frémiet
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18241850-18951910
a French sculptor, famous for his sculpture of Joan of Arc in Paris (and its sister statues in Philadelphia and Portland, Oregon) and the monument to Ferdinand de Lesseps in Suez.
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