(b. 1486, Firenze, d. 1570, Venezia)
Allegory of Redemption1546-65
Bronze gilt, 43 x 37 cm
Basilica di San Marco, Venice
In the bronze reliefs of Sansovino light patterns create impressionistic effects. In the Allegory of Redemption reflected light stands for the divine light that painters rendered in pigment, a feat even Titian could not match. According to Vasari, Sansovino combined the best of sculpture and painting, creating the "true form" (like a sculptor) while "giving to the fire so much warmth and light that one actually sees thing living and flames that, almost flickering, make bright the darkest shadows of the night" (like a painter). Such concerns were directly pursued by Baroque artists.