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Giovanni Bandini (1527 - 1594), sculptor

A small draped, seated female figure, the model for the full-size figure of 'Architecture' on Michelangelo's tomb in the Church of Santa Croce, Florence

c.1564

Terracotta

Museum number: A58

Curatorial note

Michelangelo's tomb was planned by Vincenzo Borghini and designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1564, shortly after the celebrated sculptor's death. It was to feature three allegorical figures representing Sculpture, Architecture and Painting, each assigned to a different maker.

The identification of this sketch-model (or bozzetto) as for the figure of 'architecture' from the right-hand side of the tomb was not known to Sir John Soane and in the earliest Museum inventories (1837) it was described simply as 'Small model of a sitting female figure (with hands broken off). Terracotta'.

A sketch model by Battista Lorenzi for the figure on the left-hand side of the tomb, originally of 'Sculpture' but then changed to represent 'Painting', is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A inv. no. 4121-1854).

Exhibition history

The Legacy of Michelangelo: The Medici and Late Renaissance Art in Florence (1537-1631), Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, 12 June - 29 September 2002


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