LOMBARDO, Antonio
(b. ca. 1458, d. 1516, Ferrara)

Biography

Lombardo (or Lombardi), family of Italian artists, the leading Venetian sculptors of their period: Pietro and his sons Tullio and Antonio.

Pietro, who came from Lombardy, settled in Venice in about 1467. He was an architect as well as a sculptor, and his church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli (1481-89) on the sculptural decoration of which he was assisted by his sons, has been called the choisest jewel of the Renaissance work in Venice. Of his numerous tombs in Venetian churches, the best known is that of Doge Pietro Mocenigo (SS. Giovanni e Paolo, 1476-81). His style is distinguished by polished mastery of marble cutting and an interest in the antique, features that recur in the work of Tullio.

Tullio's most imposing work is the Vendramin monument (1493) in SS. Giovanni e Paolo.

Antonio had less substance as an independent artist. His work included mythological reliefs for Alfonso d'Este.



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