On July 10th 1686, the sculptor Ercole Ferrata (1610-87) died in Rome.
Ferrata (1610-86), who was one of the greatest exponents of Roman Baroque sculpture, is thought to have carved the much-loved elephant in Piazza della Minerva.
The elephant (1667), which was designed by the great Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680), sports an ancient Egyptian obelisk on its back.
Ercole Ferrata was working on a sculpture of Saint Anastasia when he died. It was completed by Francesco Aprile (1657-1710).
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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