PIERINO DA VINCI
(b. ca. 1529, Vinci, d. 1553, Pisa)

Cosimo I as Patron of Pisa

1549
Marble, 73 x 160 cm
Musei Vaticani, Vatican

This large, exquisitely carved, low-relief marble panel demonstrates the influence of both ancient reliefs and the style of Michelangelo. Perino was deeply influenced by Michelangelo, whom he had met in Rome. The relief shows the duke elevating a figure representing Pisa. With a general's baton, Cosimo drives away Pisa's enemies, who are laden with plunder. Behind him reclines the bearded River Arno, doubtless derived from one of Michelangelo's river gods planned for the Medici Chapel.