Mino da Fiesole
Mino da Fiesole, (born 1429, Poppi, Republic of Florence
[Italy]—died 1484, Florence), early Renaissance sculptor notable
for his well-characterized busts, which are among the earliest
Renaissance portrait sculptures.
Mino was trained in Florence,
possibly by Antonio Rossellino. While in Rome, where he was
active in 1454 and 1463 and from roughly 1473 to 1480, he
studied Classical sculpture and particularly portraiture. In
that city he executed, among many other works, monuments of
Cardinal Pietro Riario and Cardinal Cristoforo della Rovere.
Much of Mino’s work in Rome was undertaken in conjunction with
Mino enjoyed popularity as a
portrait sculptor. His earliest portrait bust, that of the
wealthy and politically prominent Florentine merchant Niccolò
Strozzi, was carved in Rome in 1454. Included among other of his
major portrait busts are those of Astorgio Manfredi, Rinaldo
della Luna (1461), and Diotisalvi Neroni (1464).
In Florence he executed a
portrait of Piero de’ Medici (1453) and the monuments of
Leonardo Salutati, the bishop of Florence, Bernardo Giugni, and
Count Hugo of Tuscany (1469–81) at the Badia Fiesolana. In Rome
he worked at the funerary monuments of Pope Paul II, the Riario
tomb (Sant’Apostoli), and the della Rovere tomb in Santa Maria
Though much admired in the 19th
century, Mino’s sculptures have come to occupy a place below
those of the contemporary Desiderio da Settignano and Antonio
Rossellino. In his larger works the treatment of form is
slightly mannered, and he appears to have lacked the technical
proficiency of his great contemporaries.