The Early Renaissance


   

 


Antonio
Pollaiuolo

 
 
 

 

Antonio Pollaiuolo

(b Florence, c. 1432; d Rome, ?4 Feb 1498).

Sculptor, painter, designer and engraver. He was trained as a goldsmith and bronze sculptor, probably in Lorenzo Ghiberti’s workshop. In 1466 he joined the Arte della Seta, the silkworkers’ guild (to which goldsmiths traditionally belonged), and he listed himself as a goldsmith and painter in the membership records of the Compagnia di S Luca in 1473; this is the only documented reference to him as a painter. In his tax return in 1480 he reported that he was renting a workshop specifically for goldsmiths’ work. He still described himself as a goldsmith, and not as a painter, in his last tax return in 1496.

 

 


Hercules and Anteus

1470s
Bronze, height: 45 cm
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence
 

 

 


Tomb of Pope Innocent VIII

1492-98
Gilded bronze, height: 549 cm
Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican

 
 

Monument of Sixtus IV

1484-93
Bronze
Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican
 
 

Philosophy

1484-93
Bronze
Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican
 
 

Monument of Sixtus IV

1484-93
Bronze, slightly over life-size
Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican
 
 

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