FERRATA, Ercole
(b. 1610, Como, d. 1686, Roma)

Biography

Ferrata was an Italian Baroque sculptor who worked in Naples and Aquila before going to Rome, probably in the late 1640s, accompanied by his pupil Cafà. In 1647 he was working for Bernini in St Peter's, and in 1653 with Raggi on Bernini's Pimentel Tomb (Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome). Ferrata continued to work in San Nicola Tolentino which Algardi left unfinished at his death, and he also worked in Santa Agnese in Piazza Navona. Despite the connection, he never assimilated Bernini's style, retaining the classicism of Algardi and Bolognese painting.