Anton Maria Maragliano was a Genoese sculptor with an especial expertise in wood carving. He is best known for creating polychromed and gilt processional figures, for the many Casacce, or Confraternities, of Genoa; the medium of wood was particularly appropriate for these large scale figures which needed to be light enough to carried in procession. His ambitious and accomplished ensembles such as the Vision of St John the Evangelist are preserved in the Churches of Genoa.
Maragliano's secular works are more rare. The present figure can be closely compared to a white-painted wood figure of Time, height 138cm, in the Museo Sant'Agostino, Genoa. The allegorical figure was part of a series with two female figures of Gloria and Verità (Sanguineti, no.99). Note the anatomical treatment, particularly around the motif of the exposed hip on both figures, note also the treatment of the waves of hair and the mouth and beard. Another comparable painted white male allegorical figure attributed to Maragliano, dating to 1730-1735 is in Yale University Art Gallery (Sanguineti, no. 110). The face of the present figure with the distinctive lower lip and beard is also close to one of the polychrome figures from Maragliano's Deposition in the church of San Matteo, Genoa (illustrated by Sanguineti, p. 63).
A. N. Cellini, La scultura del settecento, Turin, 1982, pp. 151-157; P.Fusco, P.Fogelman & M.Cambareri, Italian and Spanish Sculpture, Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2002, no.29., pp. 232-237; D. Sanguineti, Anton Maria Maragliano, Genoa, 1998, pp. 63, 85, 190 & 193, figs. 56 & 76, nos. 98, 99 & 110
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