AMADEO, Giovanni Antonio
(b. ca. 1447, Pavia, d. 1522, Milano)

Funerary Monument of Bartolomeo Colleoni

Cappella Colleoni, Bergamo

During the first half of the 1470s Amadeo executed the tomb of Medea Colleoni (d. 1470) for the Dominican sanctuary of Santa Maria at Basella (near Urgnano, Bergamo). Simultaneously he supervised the construction of the Colleoni Chapel in Santa Maria Maggiore at Bergamo (where the tomb of Medea Colleoni was moved in 1842) and carved the tomb of the condottiere Bartolomeo Colleoni. Amadeo's style by this time had changed radically from that manifested in his earliest works at the Certosa di Pavia. Although in terms of its organization the Colleoni tomb can be related to earlier Lombard monumental sculpture, Amadeo made considerable use of all'antica ornament. The narrative reliefs for which he is presumed to have been responsible (the two reliefs on the ends of the sarcophagus are generally assigned to the so-called Flagellation Master) retain some similarity to the style of the Certosa lunette, but they are infinitely more sophisticated in composition and execution.

The equestrian statue of gilded wood is the work of Sisto Frei (active 1500-1515), a sculptor who became citizen in Nuremberg and was active in Italy. He was the son of Enrico Frei from Nuremberg. He had lived in Trento from 1511. His known works are the equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni in the Cappella Colleoni, Bergamo, and a Crucifix with figures in Trento Cathedral.