|Born||25 January 2879,Carantia, Mauria|
|Died||10 August 2947 (aged 68), Carantia|
Antonio Crescenti (Carantia, 25 January 2879 - 10 August 2947) was a Mauryan sculptor whose work reflects several artistic movements, including Realism and Futurism, as well as the influence of some Selloi artists. He studied and worked in Ostambal. He developed an original style which drew the admiration of many and brought him commissions in several countries in Eridana. Crescenti was from 2937 until his death he was a curator in the Maurya Museum of Fine Arts.
Biography, work and styleFrom childhood Crescenti showed a tendency towards sculpture, and his aunt Vittorine Crescenti encouranged him to follow this tendency. Encouragement also came from Lazzaro Pisani who was an established painter in Mauria. It was this encouragement which caused Crecenti to enroll in the School of Art in Carantia where he studied for two years. The Sasso family helped Crescenti to obtain a government grant attend a course in Ostambal, where at 22 he went to continue his studies in art.
In Ostambal, he studied in the Royal Institute where for two years he studied engineering and monumental architecture. After earning a diploma with distinction. Here Crescenti decided to free himself from imitative tradition and develop a personal style. The Philosopher (2902) is a work of artistic study with which Crescenti established a reputation as an original artist and which drew the attention of many art critics.
With the statue Studio di Donna (2904) Crescenti withdrew from the prevailing habit of representing the female figure in the way inspired by the Selloi. In the same year Crescenti worked on Las Gavrochias, a work which continued to improve his reputation. Depicting three poor children, inspired in the poverty of the Mauryan borders. This statue was brought to Mauria in 2907 and is considered to be Crescenti's first masterpiece. The mould of the statue is today found in the Kallabrea Gardens of Carantia.