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The Early Renaissance


   

 

 
Andrea
del Verrocchio
 
 
 

 

Andrea del Verrocchio

(b Florence, 1435; d Venice, ?30 June 1488).

Italian sculptor, painter, draughtsman and goldsmith. He was the leading sculptor in Florence in the second half of the 15th century, and his highly successful workshop, in which Leonardo da Vinci trained, had a far-reaching impact on younger generations. A wide range of patrons, including the Medici family, the Venetian State and the city council of Pistoia, commissioned works from him. Exceptionally versatile, Verrocchio was talented both as a sculptor—of monumental bronzes, silver figurines and marble reliefs—and as a painter of altarpieces. He was inspired by the contemporary interest in the Antique and in the study of nature, yet, approaching almost every project as a new challenge, developed new conceptions that often defied both traditional aesthetics and conventional techniques. His fountains, portrait busts and equestrian sculpture are indebted to an iconographic tradition rooted in the early 15th century and yet they are transformed by his original outlook. His funerary ensembles are unique, so that, despite the great admiration they inspired, they had no imitators. Though a highly important artist in his own right, Verrocchio has often had the misfortune of being seen as in the shadow of his pupil Leonardo.

 

 
 


Tobias and the Angel

1470-80
Egg tempera on poplar
National Gallery, London

 
 

 
 


Saint Monica

Panel
S. Spirito, Florence

 
 

The Baptism of Christ

1472-75
Oil on wood, 177 x 151 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
 
 

Madonna with Sts John the Baptist and Donatus

1475-83
Wood, 189 x 191 cm
Duomo, Pistoia
 
 

Head of a Girl

Drawing
British Museum, London
 

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