By Alexis Culotta

Agostino Busti died 11 June 1548. Known alternately as “Bambaia,” Busti was born in Busto Arsizio, near Milan, and received his earliest training in the studio of sculptor and architect Benedetto Briosco. Busti became one of the most acclaimed sculptors working in Milan during the first half of the sixteenth century, completing several notable tomb monuments including that for Neapolitan cardinal Marino Caracciolo and Gaston de Foix, the French Duke of Nemoirs.

Fortitude and Unidentified Virtue, Possibly Hope (c. 1520–25), Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

Funerary Monument for Gaston de Foix, c. 1512, Museo d’Arte Antica del Castello Sforzesco, Milan

Madonna and Child (Madonna Taccioli), 1522, Museo d’Arte Antica del Castello Sforzesco, Milan

Bust of Lancino Curzo, 1513, Museo d’Arte antica del Castello Sforzesco, Milan

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