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

Tomb of the Persian Martyrs (fragment)

1480-82
Marble
Cathedral, Cremona

In 1480 Amadeo was engaged to complete the tomb of the Persian Martyrs for Cremona Cathedral (dispersed in the 19th century: Cremona Cathedral; Milan, Castello Sforzesco; Paris, Louvre, Philadelphia, Museum of Art), originally commissioned from Giovanni Antonio Piatti (1447-1480) a year before his death by Antonio Meli, Abbot of S Lorenzo, Cremona. In view of the fragmentary condition of the work, Amadeo's contribution is difficult to assess.

The picture shows reliefs, now placed on a 19th-century pulpit in Cremona Cathedral.