DANTI, Vincenzo
(b. 1530, Perugia, d. 1576, Perugia)

Statue of Julius III

Duomo, Perugia

Danti's first important work, the seated bronze statue of Pope Julius III outside the Duomo in Perugia, was commissioned jointly from him and from his father in 1553, but is signed by Vincenzo alone. It was finished by the summer of 1556.

The statue is an exuberantly ornate and ambitious work and shows the impact of Guglielmo della Porta's tomb of Paul III in St Peter's, Rome, underway at the same time. Danti's remarkable low-relief style is already fully evident in the allegorical figures encrusting the Pope's vestments.