Baccio Bandinelli


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(b Florence, 12 Nov. 1493; d Florence, 7 Feb. 1560).

Florentine sculptor, painter, and draughtsman. He was a favourite of the Medici family, but he is remembered more for his belligerent character and the antipathy of his contemporaries than for the quality of his work. His most famous and conspicuous sculpture is Hercules and Cacus (1527–34, Piazza della Signoria, Florence), a pendant to Michelangelo's David. The commission had originally been intended for Michelangelo himself, and Bandinelli's ponderous figure, which he had boasted would surpass David, was ridiculed by Cellini and others. Bandinelli had a habit of failing to fulfil his commissions and Cellini's accusations of incompetence had much justification. In return, Bandinelli tried to sabotage Cellini's career, as he also did with another rival, Ammanati. Bandinelli was at his best as a draughtsman. His paintings include a pompous self-portrait (c.1545–50, Gardner Mus., Boston).

Subjects: Art.

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