GIOVANNI D'AMBROGIO
(active 1382-1418 in Florence)

Tomb of Cardinal Philippe d'Alençon

after 1397
Marble
Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

At the beginning of the fifteenth century, sculpture in Rome is represented by Florentine and Umbrian sculptors. Attributed to the Florentine Givanni d'Ambrogio is the monument to Cardinal Philippe d'Alençon, dating from after 1397, the year of the cardinal's death. The monument was later dismantled, and its original appearance as a ciborium with altar was lost when it was converted into a wall monument. Surviving from the elaborate tomb are the recumbent figure, the reliefs of the Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin, and a series of small statuettes, some of which are now in the portico.

The relief below the gisant figure of the Cardinal depicts the death of the Virgin. The two sections of the tomb are connected by architectural elements from antique models.