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

Seated Virgin and Child

1480-82
Marble, height 52 cm
Museum of Art, Philadelphia

This sculpture representing the Seated Virgin and Child comes from the tomb of Antonio Meli in the Benedictine abbey of San Lorenzo in Cremona. Meli commissioned Giovanni Antonio Piatti (1447-1480) to execute the Tomb of the Persian Martyrs in March 1479. However, both the patron and the sculptor died a few months later. Piatti's former partner, Amadeo, took over a year later, completing the project in October 1482.