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Plaster cast - Giuliano de' Medici, Duke of Nemours
  • Giuliano de' Medici, Duke of Nemours
    Michelangelo, born 1475 - died 1564
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Giuliano de' Medici, Duke of Nemours

  • Object:

    Plaster cast

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (original, sculpted)
    Florence (cast)

  • Date:

    1526-1534 (sculpted)
    ca. 1881 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Michelangelo, born 1475 - died 1564 (sculptor)
    Lelli, Oronzio (cast-maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast, painted plaster

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Cast Courts, Room 46b, The Weston Cast Court , case FS, shelf S

Physical description

Plaster Cast of Giuliano de 'Medici (Duke of Nemours, b. 1478; d.1564) after the marble original in the Medici Chapel (the New Sacristy) in the church of S. Lorenzo, Florence.

Place of Origin

Florence (original, sculpted)
Florence (cast)


1526-1534 (sculpted)
ca. 1881 (cast)


Michelangelo, born 1475 - died 1564 (sculptor)
Lelli, Oronzio (cast-maker)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast, painted plaster


Height: 183 cm, Width: 77 cm base

Object history note

Purchased from Oronzio Lelli in 1881 for £50

Historical context note

The decorations 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 Giuliano (1479-1516) is seated in a niche above his tomb on which recline allegorical figures of Night and Day. On the opposite wall is the companion figure of Giuliano's nephew, Lorenzo de 'Medici, Duke of Urbino (1492-1519), with Dawn and Dusk on his tomb.

Descriptive line

Plaster cast, painted plaster, after the marble original of Giuliano 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.

Labels and date

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, of Giuliano, a son of Lorenzo the Magnificent, is shown as a classical Roman general. In the 19th century, the firm of Oronzio Lelli produced many casts of Michelangelo's figures from the chapel, including this one. [2014]





Subjects depicted

Men; Figures; Armour; Figure, seated; Classicism; Dukes


Ph_survey; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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