Sculptor and architect born in Raccuja, Bonanno was a student of the Tuscan Giovanni Agnolo, Martino da Messina and Martino Montanini. In his work, the influence of the Tuscan tradition and Michelangelo, present in Messina with many artists, was accompanied by late Gothic elements. Son-in-lawof the Tuscan sculptor Andrea Calamech, Bonanno collaborated in his workshop established Messina, working, among other things, on some of the chapels in the cathedral of Messina. Active not only in Messina but also in Palermo, Catania, Carrara and Calabria Bonanno was an appreciated artist (author of numerous wooden and marble statues commissioned by churches of Sicily and southern Calabria) and architect (author, among other things, of the facade of the “Chiesa Madre” of Ali Superiore. Despite the “archaic” traits, Bonanno is considered by some authors one of the most active sculptor in Sicily in the second half of the seventeenth century.
1. Wikipedia, https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rinaldo_Bonanno
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