Christ died with Nicodemus by Bandinelli

Christ died with Nicodemus by Bandinelli
Christ died with Nicodemus by Bandinelli
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Florence, even though many of its great sculptors emigrated, such as Michelangelo, Sansovinoor Rustici, the truth is that during the last decades of the Renaissance it maintained the scepter of being the city with a group of leading sculptors. Among them was Baccio Bandinelli (1493 – 1560) who in some way acted as a spearhead, and even created a kind of highly influential artistic academy.

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Christ died with Nicodemus by Bandinelli

And that the enmity with the greatMiguel Angel Buonarrottiwas a real drag all his life. That didn't stop him from doing works like the 1515 Saint Peter in theFlorence Cathedral, in which he opts more for the influence ofDonatello. Because even though he had to leave the capital of Tuscanyfor political reasons for some time, practically all of his work can be found there

Among this, the best known is his sculptural group of Hercules and Caco from 1534, a work located next to the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, and above all located from its beginnings next to the Michelangelo's imposing David, something that certainly does not favor him, since very few works throughout the history of art can withstand such a comparison.

Also it's not the best work of Bandinelli, because it's excessively cold and static. Somethingwhich is corrected in other of his creations, especially those of a funerary nature. In this sense, there are two located in Rome, such as wall tombs of the Popes of the Medici family Leon X and Clement VII, since this dynasty were his great patrons throughout his life and commissioned numerous works from him.

In fact, the Medici themselves commissioned the cenotaph of Giovanni de' Medici or delle Bande Nere which was originally housed inside the church of San Lorenzo, although today he is outside, in the Florentine square of the same name.

Although surely the most beautiful funerary sculpture of him is that ofThe Dead Christ with Nicodemusfrom the year 1554 and found in thechurch of Santa Annunziata. After all, he carved this marble with the purpose of being his own tomb and that of his wife. So he put all his good work into it, to create a set of great finesse, of authentic technical virtuosity, although his composition is quite complicated. A bit overdone, and it's just that these are a few years in which the harmony of the Renaissance has become more and more complicated, incorporating the spirit of Mannerism and the beginnings of baroque art.

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