Italian sculptor, medallist and possible architect. A pupil in Florence of Giuseppe Piamontini,
he was first active as a medallist; one of his earliest and most exquisite medals celebrated the visit of King Frederick IV of Denmark and Norway to Florence in 1708. On the obverse is a portrait of the King; on the reverse, a view of the city with a reclining river god personifying the Arno (Bargello, Florence). A medal of Conte Lorenzo Magalotti, dated 1712 (British Museum, London), has Apollo on the reverse, whose exaggerated sway in the hips is reflected in two later small bronzes (Rome, Palazzo Corsini). There are also two medals of the Grand Duke Gian Gastone de Medici (before 1723 and 1731, both Bargello, Florence). Montautis careful characterizations in the portrait medals are reflected in his marble portrait busts. One, of Gian Gastone de Medici (c. 1724; S. Maria Nuova, Florence), emphasizes the ugly features of large nose, pouting lips and jutting chin by using a schematic treatment for the wig.
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