Antonello Gagini
Antonello Gagini was an Italian
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 sculptor of the Renaissance
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, mainly active in Sicily
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 and Calabria
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Antonello was a member of a family of sculptors and artisans, originally from Northern Italy, but active throughout Italy, including Genoa, Florence, and Rome. The family includes his father, Domenico
Domenico Gagini
Domenico Gagini was an Italian sculptor. He was the son of Pietro Gagini. The Gagini were a family of sculptors and painters working during the Middle Ages and Renaissance...

 (1449-1492), also a sculptor. Antonello had five sons who were sculptors: Antonio (or Antonino; 1510s-1574), Fazio (1520s-1567), Giacomo (1517-1598), Giandomenico (1503-1560s), and Vicenzo (1527-1595).

Antonello was born in 1478 in Palermo, where the Gagini family had settled in 1463. Antonello is said to have aided Michelangelo
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni , commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art...

in the sculptural work on the massive tomb of Pope Julius II
Pope Julius II
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 in San Pietro in Vincoli
San Pietro in Vincoli
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, a project now known for the statue of Moses
Moses (Michelangelo)
The Moses is a sculpture by the Italian High Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome...


One of Antonio Gagini's most notable works is the decorated arch in the Capella della Madonna in the Santuario dell'Annunziata in Trapani
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 which he completed in 1537. Antonello also completed decorative ecclesiastical sculpture in the area of Messina. A large collection of his works including an Annunciation, Madonna with Child, Madonna of the Snow and the Appearance of the Cross to Constantine are now in the Palazzo Abatellis
Palazzo Abatellis
Palazzo Abatellis is a palace in Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy, located in the Kalsa quarter. It is home to the Galleria Regionale della Sicilia .-History:...

 in Palermo
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. He worked also at the Cathedral of Palermo
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. Other works were destroyed during earthquakes. He helped train Giacomo del Duca
Giacomo del Duca
Giacomo Del Duca was an Italian sculptor and architect during the late-Renaissance or Mannerist period...

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