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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Cast Courts, Room 46b, The Weston Cast Court

Lorenzo de'Medici, Duke of Urbino

Plaster Cast
1526-1534 (sculpted), ca. 1881 (cast)
Place Of Origin

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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Plaster cast, painted plaster
Brief Description
Plaster cast, painted plaster, after the marble original of Lorenzo de' Medici in the Medici Chapel, in the church of San Lorenzo, Florence, by Michelangelo, Florence, 1526-34. Cast by Oronzio Lelli in Florence, in about 1881.
  • Height: 183cm
  • Base width: 77cm
Gallery Label
In 1520, Michelangelo was commissioned by the Medici Grand Dukes of Tuscany to design a family mausoleum. He created statues of the deceased for each tomb. This figure shows Duke Lorenzo de' Medici, grandson of Lorenzo the Magnificent and nephew of Pope Leo X. In the 19th century, the firm of Oronzio Lelli produced many casts of Michelangelo's figures from the chapel, including this one.(2014)
Object history
Purchased from Oronzio Lelli, Florence in 1881 for £50
Historical context
The decoration of the Medici funerary chapel was commissioned from Michelangelo in 1520 by Cardinal Giulio de' Medici, afterwards Pope Clement VII (1478-1534). The figure of Lorenzo (1492-1519) is seated in a niche above his tomb on which recline allegorical figures of Dawn and Dusk. On the opposite wall is the companion figure of Lorenzo's uncle, Giuliano de' Medici, Duke of Nemours (1478-1516), with Night and Day on his tomb.
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record createdJuly 10, 2000
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