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Arts & Music » Visual arts » Sculpture

Monumental Sculpture from Renaissance Florence

celebrates the first fully realized Renaissance works of art: statues at the church of Orsanmichele in Florence. The 15th century pieces embody realism and individuality not seen in Western art since antiquity. They also exhibit the spiritual expressiveness of the Middle Ages. With these works, the new and revolutionary Renaissance style was born. (National Gallery of Art)

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Interesting Fact:

Verrocchio was the most important Italian sculptor of the second half of the fifteenth century. For his exceptional skill in casting and finishing bronzes, large and small, he was very much the heir of Ghiberti, though he did not study with the older master. Like Ghiberti, he trained as a goldsmith and took his last name from one of his masters.
Nanni di Banco, 'Four Crowned Martyr Saints (Quattro Santi Coronati),' c. 1409- c. 1417.  marble with traces of gilding.  Museum of Orsanmichele, Florence

Quattro Santi Coronati


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