MISERONI, Dionysio
(b. ca. 1607, d. 1661, Praha)

Biography

Italian lapidary artist, part of an important dynasty of stonecutters ennobled in 1608 from Milan. His father, Ottavio Miseroni settled in Prague. Dionysio and his brother Jeronimo trained in their father's workshop. Dionysio succeeded his father at his death and thirteen years later he became Imperial Treasure Warden in the Hradschin Palace in Prague.

He mostly carved rock crystals and at difference with his father and grandfather he preferred to make vessels that exploited the vertical, as grown orientation of the rock crystals. Among his earliest work, was a large vase with cover that he made in 1639 for Karl Eusebius von Liechtenstein. The production of his workshop was reduced after 1656, when Ferdinand III died and a stonecutter workshop settled in Vienna. He was active until the beginning of the 1660s as witnessed by an account for work rendered which is held in the National library in Vienna. After his death in 1661 his workshop appears to have been continued by his son Ferdinand Eusebius Miseroni who died 1684.



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