(b. 1486, Firenze, d. 1570, Venezia)
Marble, height 146 cm
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence
Sansovino worked on his Bacchus for Giovanni Bartolini, departing from Michelangelo's Bacchus which he had no doubt seen. Sansovino's god of wine and his joyful celebration contrast with Michelangelo's bloated, inebriated yet mysterious god. Vasari admired Sansovino's for its virtuoso carving, especially the extended arm, a technical feat which no ancient sculptor had accomplished in marble without a strut.