(c. 1435—1515)

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Family of Italian artists, the leading Venetian sculptors of their period: Pietro (b Carona, Lombardy, c.1435; d Venice, June 1515) and his sons Tullio (bc.1455; d Venice, 17 Nov. 1532) and Antonio (bc.1458; d Ferrara, ?1516). Pietro settled in Venice in about 1467. He was an architect as well as a sculptor, and his church of S. Maria dei Miracoli (1481–9) is one of the gems of Venetian Renaissance architecture; his sons assisted him on its sculptural decoration. Of his numerous tombs in Venetian churches, the best known is that of Doge Pietro Mocenigo (c.1476–81, SS. Giovanni e Paolo). His style is distinguished by polished mastery of marble cutting and an interest in the antique, features that recur in the work of Tullio. Tullio's most imposing work is the Vendramin monument (c.1488–94) in SS. Giovanni e Paolo; the figure of Adam from this—a sensuously beautiful free-standing nude—is in the Metropolitan Museum, New York. Antonio has less substance as an independent artist. His work included a series of mythological reliefs in marble for Alfonso d'Este (mainly in the Hermitage, St Petersburg).

Subjects: Architecture.

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