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Giovanni Francesco Rustici

(1474—1554)


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(1474–1554), Italian sculptor, born into a prosperous family in Florence and trained in the studio of Verrocchio. His finest surviving work, which reflects the influence of Leonardo, is the bronze group John the Baptist Preaching (which includes figures of a Levite and a Pharisee) which was mounted in 1515 above the north entrance of the Florentine Baptistery. He also worked in marble (e.g. Virgin and Child with Infant St John, Bargello, Florence) and in terracotta (e.g. Victorious Knight, Museo Horne, Florence). In 1528 Rustici moved to France at the invitation of Francis I, and remained there for the rest of his life; he died in Tours. No work from his long residence in France is known to have survived.

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).


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