Horse of Colleoni Bartolomeo- Piazza Colleoni - Item #782
Patina Options and Material Information
Each and every piece is custom finished. A slight variation in color from order to order is to be expected.
Most reproductions are hand-cast in Gypsum reinforced with polymer, glass fiber, burlap and/or metal rods for extra strength.
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21 Inches High
This piece is a reduction of the horse in the equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni. Colleoni was a Condottiero (a hired military leader) of the Republic of Venice, and he bequeathed funds to Venice for an equestrian statue of himself to be created. While the figure is not a portrait of him, it instead represents Colleoni's character and skills as a military commander. The sculpture was unfinished at the time of Verrocchio's death in 1488, though he had completed the clay models of the figure and horse. Verrocchio assigned his pupil Lorenzo di Credi the task of completing the statue in his will, but in 1490 the Venetian state passed the responsibility of completing the monument to Alessandro Leopardi who also designed the base of the monument.
Artist: Andrea del Verrocchio
Museum/Location: Campo di Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice
Origin: Campo di Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice
Time Period: Renaissance, c. 1480s-1490s
"A Closer Look: Bartolomeo Colleoni Monument." World Monuments Fund, https://www.wmf.org/project/bartolomeo-colleoni-monument.
"Equestrian Statue of Colleoni." Web Gallery of Art, https://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/v/verocchi/sculptur/colleoni.html.
Passavent, Gunter. Verrocchio: Sculptures, Paintings and Drawings. Phaidon Press Ltd., 1969, pp. 64.