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Statue - Allegory of Sculpture

Allegory of Sculpture

  • Object:

    Statue

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1570 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lorenzi, Battista (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Terracotta

  • Museum number:

    4121-1854

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The statuette is a sketch model (or bozzetto) for the allegorical figure on the left-hand side of the tomb of Michelangelo in S. Croce, Florence.

The tomb was planned by Vincenzo Borghini and designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1564, shortly after Michelangelo's death. Each of the three figures representing Sculpture, Architecture and Painting, was assigned to a different artist.

The figure on the left, by Battista Lorenzi, was originally intended as Sculpture. It was already partially carved when Michelangelo's heirs asked for Sculpture to occupy the central position on the tomb. Lorenzi's figure (completed 1573) was therefore changed to represent Painting, but displays the attributes of both subjects. A terracotta sketch-model for the figure of Architecture by Giovanni Bandini (1540-99) is in the Sir John Soane Museum (inv. no. A. 58).

Physical description

Emblematical figure of Architecture, the left arm wanting.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)

Date

ca. 1570 (made)

Artist/maker

Lorenzi, Battista (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Terracotta

Dimensions

Height: 34.1 cm

Object history note

The statuette is a sketch model (or bozzetto) for the allegorical figure on the left-hand side of the tomb of Michelangelo in S. Croce, Florence. The tomb was planned by Vincenzo Borghini and designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1564, shortly after Michelangelo's death. Each of the three figures representing Sculpture, Architecture and Painting, was assigned to a different artist. The figure on the left, by Battista Lorenzi, was originally intended as Sculpture. It was already partially carved when Michelangelo's heirs asked for Sculpture to occupy the central position on the tomb. Lorenzi's figure (completed 1573) was therefore changed to represent Painting, but displays the attributes of both subjects. A terracotta sketch-model for the figure of Architecture by Giovanni Bandini (1540-99) is in the Sir John Soane Museum (inv. no. A. 58).

Descriptive line

Terracotta sculpture of Allegory of Sculpture, made by Battista Lorenzi, Florence, ca. 1570

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1854. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 19
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 144
Avery, Charles. Giovanni Bandini (1540-1599) Reconsidered, In: Antologia di Belle Arti. La Scultura Studi in onore di Andrew S. Ciechanowiecki. NS. NN. 48-51, 1994, pp. 16-27
Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume II: Text. Sixteenth to Twentieth Century. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, pp. 455, 456.

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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