CAMETTI, Bernardino
(b. 1669, Rome, d. 1736, Rome)

Bust of Giovanni Andrea Muti

Coloured marble, life-size
San Marcello al Corso, Rome

The tombs of Giovanni Andrea Muti and Maria Colomba Bussi Muti were executed by Cametti for their family chapel in the Roman church San Marcello al Corso. The virtuoso sculptor delighted in rendering the fashionable clothes and sophisticated airs of his patrons, who are seen framed between a blue mosaic background and fictive drapery of Sicilian jasper. There is little overt religiosity about the images, and, in another context, they could pass as wholly secular portraits.