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Plaster cast - A vase, part of the tomb of Piero and Giovanni de'Medici
  • A vase, part of the tomb of Piero and Giovanni de'Medici
    Verrocchio, born 1435 - died 1488
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A vase, part of the tomb of Piero and Giovanni de'Medici

  • Object:

    Plaster cast

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (sculpted)
    Florence, Italy (cast)

  • Date:

    1472 (sculpted)
    ca. 1890 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Verrocchio, born 1435 - died 1488 (after, sculptor)
    Lelli, Oronzio (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast

  • Museum number:

    REPRO.1890-19

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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Physical description

This cast of the relief vase from the Medici tomb was taken from the original by Andrea del Verrocchio and is situated in the Old Sacristy of the Church of S. Lorenzo, Florence.

Place of Origin

Italy (sculpted)
Florence, Italy (cast)

Date

1472 (sculpted)
ca. 1890 (cast)

Artist/maker

Verrocchio, born 1435 - died 1488 (after, sculptor)
Lelli, Oronzio (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast

Dimensions

Height: 82 cm, Width: 33 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Oronzio Lelli in 1890 for 8s (10 lire)

Historical context note

The tomb of Piero (d. 1469) and Giovanni di Cosimo (d. 1463) was erected by Piero's two sons, Lorenzo the Magnificent (1449-92) and Giuliano (1479-1516) following their father's sudden death in 1469. This forms part of the decoration of the marble frame surrounding the tomb. The devise of the diamond ring with feathers on the base of the vase is taken up on a larger scale in a repeating pattern on the arched marble frame and a diamond surmounts the sarcophagus itself. The device of the diamond ring with or without feathers is particularly associated with Piero di Cosimo, but also used by his brother, Giovanni.

Descriptive line

Plaster cast, vase, part of the tomb of Piero and Giovanni de' Medici, after marble original by Andrea del Verrocchio, Italy, cast by Oronzio Lelli ca. 1890

Associated names

de' Medici, Giovanni di Cosimo; de' Medici, Piero di Cosimo; de' Medici, Lorenzo; de' Medici, Giuliano

Production Note

Original dated 1472

Materials

Plaster

Techniques

Cast

Subjects depicted

Putti; Death; Vases; Tombs

Categories

Sculpture; Death

Collection code

SCP

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