LOMBARDI, Alfonso
(b. ca. 1487, Ferrara, d. 1537, Bologna)

Death of the Virgin

1519-21
Terracotta, life-size
Santa Maria della Vita, Bologna

The impact of Raphael on the artistic life of his time was such that sculptors introduced references to his work. Alfonso Lombardi, trained in clay modelling by following the footsteps of Emilian craftsman, sought to rediscover the breadth of The School of Athens in scenes framed by an uncompromisingly classical architecture, like in this scene in the church of Santa Maria della Vita, and others in San Domenico.