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Fabiano Toti (died 1607)

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Fabiano Toti in:  Orvieto

Fabiano Toti, who was born in Orvieto, was a pupil of Ippolito Scalza, under whom he worked at the Duomo.

Duomo, Orvieto

Apostles (1560-6)

A team under  Raffaello da Montelupo began work on the figures of Apostles for the niches above the rose window in the facade of the Duomo in 1560.  The middle four figure (two of which are illustrated here) are attributed to him.  Work continued until 1570, by which time Raffaello da Montelupo was dead.  The four to the right, which presumably belong to the later phase of the project, are attributed to Fabiano Toti.

Virgin (1580-2) and Adam (1575)


                                                          Virgin                                     Adam                                        

According to Giorgio Vasari, “[Simone Mosca] having then returned to Orvieto, arrangements were made to erect after his designs, in the cross at the head of the church, two great tabernacles of marble, works truly graceful, beautiful, and well-proportioned, for one of which Raffaello da Montelupo made in marble a nude Christ with the Cross on His shoulder in a niche, and for the other [Francesco Mosca, il Moschino] made a St Sebastian, likewise nude.

These two tabernacles in the Duomo, for which a payment was recorded in 1555, now contain figures by or attributed to Fabiano Toti: 

  1. The niche to the right of the entrance to the Cappella del Corporale, which originally housed the figure of the Risen Christ that Giorgio Vasari attributed to Raffaello da Montelupo, now houses a figure (1579-82) of the Virgin (documented).

  2. The niche to the left the entrance to the Cappella Nuova, which originally housed the figure (1554-7) of St Sebastian that Giorgio Vasari attributed to Francesco Mosca, il Moschino (which Ippolito Scalza apparently finished when Francesco Mosca left Orvieto in 1554) now houses a figure (16th century) of Adam (attributed).

The history of their earlier placement in the Duomo is given in the page on the 16th century remodelling.

Libyan Sibyl (1588)

This freestanding marble statue by Fabiano Toti, which is dated by inscription, stands at ground level to the right on the façade.

Figures from the Duomo (1589-1601)

Fabiano Toti executed a number of figures for the Duomo towards the end of the 16th century.  They were removed in ca. 1890 and are now exhibited in the ex-church of Sant’ Agostino.  The history of their placement in the Duomo is given in the page on the 16th century remodelling

St Andrew (1589-94)

In 1589, a block of marble was assigned to Fabiano Toti for a figure of St Andrew, which was to form part of a cycle of figures of the Apostles in the nave.  He duly submitted a design, and was documented at work on the figure in 1589-90.  However, the commission passed to Ippolito Scalza in 1594 and it was not completed until 1599.

St Roch (1593)

The Opera del Duomo commissioned this marble figure of St Roch from Fabiano Toti for the counter-facade.  A figure (1556-7) of a second plague saint, St Sebastian by Francesco Mosca, il Moschino and Ippolito Scalza was moved to a site beside it, probably in 1593.  The two figures were documented there, flanking the main portal, in 1632.

St Constantius (1593-6) and St Brictius (1601)


                                                     St Constantius (1593-6)              St Brictius (1601)       

These marble figures by Fabiano Toti were originally in the Cappella Nuova, where they flanked the altarpiece of the Madonna della Stella.  They were documented in 1632 on the counter-facade of the Duomo. 

Read more:

F. Piagnani and L. Principi, “La Scultura del Cinquecento in Orvieto”, in

  1. C. Benocci et al. (Eds), “Storia di Orvieto: Quattrocento e Cinquecento” (2010) Pisa, Volume II, pp 585-636 

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