(b. 1436, Lucca, d. 1501, Lucca)

Tomb of Pietro da Noceto (detail)

Cathedral of San Martino, Lucca

Civitali's earliest extant sculpture, the tomb of Pietro da Noceto (d. 1467) is dependent on the humanist wall tombs, most notably Bernardo Rossellino's tomb of Leonardo Bruni (c. 1450, Santa Croce, Florence) and Antonio Rossellino's tomb of the Cardinal of Portugal (c. 1466, San Miniato al Monte, Florence). The eclectic nature of the tomb reflects Civitali's ability to borrow and synthesize from a variety of sources. Innovative details include a crisply carved frieze with garlands and griffins on the base and profile busts of the deceased and his son - who commissioned the tomb - placed in the lunette flanking the tondo of the Virgin and Child.

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