Pietro Lombardo, (born c. 1435,
Carona, duchy of Milan [Italy]—died June 1515, Venice), leading
sculptor and architect of Venice in the late 15th century, known
for his significant contribution to the Renaissance in that
city. He was the father of Tullio and Antonio, both respected
sculptors of the time.
Lombardo’s early work shows a
Florentine influence, but his mature style is clearly affected
by Northern ideas. His first known work was the Monument of
Antonio Roselli (1464–67) in the Church of San Antonio in Padua,
where he also designed the Casa Olzignan. About 1467 he moved to
Venice, where he spent the remainder of his life, producing
numerous monuments and buildings.
Two of Lombardo’s most
significant tombs in Venice are in the Church of Santi Giovanni
e Paolo: the Malipiero Monument (c. 1463) and the Doge Pietro
Mocenigo Monument (c. 1476–81), which is decorated with 15
life-size marble figures. On the latter and numerous other
works, Lombardo was assisted by his sons, and they sometimes
executed entire projects under his supervision—e.g., the Onigo
Monument (1490); San Nicolò, Treviso.
Lombardo was architect and
chief sculptor for the Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli
(1481–89), which is considered one of the finest Renaissance
buildings in Venice. In 1482 he executed the tomb of Dante in
Ravenna and in 1485 began work on his most distinguished
monument, the Zanetti tomb in the cathedral at Treviso, for
which most of the carving was done by Tullio and Antonio. From
1498 until 1515 he served as master mason of the Palazzo Ducale
(Doges’ Palace) in Venice.
Angel. c. 1474.
Marble. San Giobbe, Venice