By Anne Leader

Sculptor and medallist Bertoldo di Giovanni died on 28 December 1491. Probably best known as one of Michelangelo’s teachers, Bertoldo spent his career in Florence in the household of Lorenzo de’Medici, leading an academy of artists who met in the Medici sculpture garden. Bertoldo worked in many sculptural media but excelled at bronze casting. He was a keen student of classical antiquity. He was one of the first to popularize the bronze statuette, which were collected and prized by Italian elites.

Reference: James David Draper. “Bertoldo di Giovanni.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.

Battle (detail), after 1478, bronze, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

The Murder of Giuliano I de’ Medici (The Pazzi Conspiracy Medal) [reverse], 1478, bronze. Washington, National Gallery of Art, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1957.14.846.b

Heraldic Wild Man, 15th century, bronze with extensive traces of gilding on base, New York: Frick Collection, 1916.2.03

Arion, 1470-90, bronze, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence.

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