CACCINI, Giovanni Battista
(b. 1556, Roma, d. 1613, Firenze)

Bronze doors

1597-1600
Bronze
Cathedral, Pisa

In 1597 Caccini was commissioned to provide reliefs for the bronze doors of Pisa Cathedral, designed by Raffaello Pagni (active 1588–97). The project involved all the foremost sculptors in Tuscany, including Pietro Francavilla, Hans Reichle and Pietro Tacca. Caccini was asked to provide 20 reliefs, more than any other sculptor, but his other commitments allowed him to model only four. For the frames Caccini designed and made wax models of figurines, emblem and motto reliefs, foliage, cartouches and architectural niches, for which he received payment between May 1599 and May 1600.