Matteo Civitali


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(1436–1501), Italian sculptor, born in Lucca. He trained in the Florentine studio of Antonio Rossellino and later introduced the Florentine style to Lucca, where his first important work was the marble tomb of Piero Da Noceto (1472) in Lucca Cathedral; his other work for the cathedral includes a pulpit (1494–8) and the Tempietto del Volto Santo (1484), a marble reliquary which contains a wooden image of Jesus believed to have been fashioned by Nicodemus. Civitali also designed the Palazzo Pretorio (1492) in Lucca, and his statue now stands in the portico. Beyond Lucca, Civitali sculpted a lectern and candelabra in Pisa Cathedral and six free-standing statues of patriarchs in Genoa Cathedral (1496).

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

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