By Anne Leader

Florentine sculptor Andrea del Verrocchio may have died on 30 June 1488 in Venice, where he was at work on his equestrian portrait of mercenary soldier Bartolommeo Colleoni. Born Andrea di Michele di Francesco Cioni in 1435, Verrocchio took his name from the family of goldsmiths, headed by Francesco di Luca Verrocchio and his son Giuliano, with whom Andrea associated after 1456. Andrea became Florence’s leading sculptor in the second half of the 15th century and ran a highly successful workshop. His pupils included Leonardo da Vinci, Pietro Perugino, Francesco di Simone Ferrucci, Agnolo di Polo, Giovanni Francesco Rustici, and Lorenzo di Credi, thus assuring his impact well into the sixteenth century.

Reference: Yael Even. “Verrocchio, Andrea del.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.

David, bronze, c. 1475 (Florence, Museo di Bargello); photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY

Resurrection of Christ, c. 1463, painted terra-cotta, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

Tomb of Piero and Giovanni de’ Medici, 1469-72, marble, porphyry, serpentine, bronze and pietra serena, San Lorenzo, Florence

The Baptism of Christ, 1472-75, oil on wood, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Woman Holding Flowers, marble, 1475–80 (Florence, Museo Nazionale del Bargello); Photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY

Madonna with Sts John the Baptist and Donatus, 1475-83, wood, Duomo, Pistoia

Christ and Doubting Thomas, 1476-83, bronze, Orsanmichele, Florence

Monument to Bartolomeo Colleoni, c. 1479–92, bronze, Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo, Venice; photo credit: Erich Lessing/Art Resource, NY

Measured Drawing of a Horse Facing Left (recto), ca. 1480-88,  Pen and dark brown ink, over traces of black chalk, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1917

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