SERIES: Messi in luce (Brought to Light). Paintings and Sculptures from Palazzo Venezia
SPEAKER: Francesco Caglioti
DATE: Thursday 29 September, 6 p.m.
PLACE: Sala del Refettorio
The sculptor Mino da Fiesole (1429-1484) enjoyed extraordinary success during his lifetime and then during the 19th century, when his name served, no less than that of Donatello, as the driving force behind the rediscovery of Renaissance sculpture. Today his fame has been diminished, but he remains a singular example of a virtuoso of marble carving, with a highly personal style, working for elite commissions and active in many centres. The monumental complex of Palazzo Venezia preserves three significant testimonies of his work: the narrative reliefs of the ark of St. Jerome originally set up in Santa Maria Maggiore; the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Mark's Basilica (created in collaboration with Giovanni Dalmata) and the bust of Pope Paul II, which has struggled to find its true author for five and a half centuries.