(b Canapale, nr Pistoia, 1474; d Vallombrosa, nr Florence, c. 1554). Italian sculptor, active also in England. Benedetto was in England by 1524, remaining until at least 1536. There he made a tomb with many bronze statuettes for Cardinal Wolsey, which Henry VIII later claimed for himself (destr. 1646; marble, gilt bronze and touchstone; sarcophagus now part of Nelson's tomb in St Paul's Cathedral, London). An almost exact contemporary of Michelangelo (1475–1564), Benedetto continued an essentially 15th-century style well into the 16th century.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.