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

Honour Triumphant over Falsehood (front view)

Marble, height 187 cm
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

In 1561 Danti carved his group Honour Triumphant over Falsehood for Cosimo I de' Medici's chamberlain, the fellow Perugian Sforza Almeni. This is one of the finest works of 16th-century Italian sculpture and Danti's best work in marble. It is often used to reconstruct missing figures for Michelangelo's tomb of Julius II, but, beyond its psychomachic theme, the sculpture bears little relation to Michelangelo's.