Willem Danielszoon van Tetrode

(c. 1525—1588)

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(b ?Delft, c. 1525; d?before 1588). North Netherlandish sculptor and architect. He was the son of Daniel Adriaenszoon van Tetrode, a citizen of Delft. Between 1545 and 1549 he worked in Benvenuto Cellini's workshop in Florence, where he took part in the restoration of an antique torso that was to be transformed into a Ganymede (Florence, Bargello), and he collaborated on the pedestal for Cellini's bronze statue of Perseus (Florence, Piazza della Signoria). He is also said to have worked on Cellini's bronze Ganymede (Florence, Bargello). In 1551 ‘Guglielmo scultore fiamingo’ or ‘Guglielmo Tedesco’ (as he was known in Italy) was still working in Florence; he then moved on to Rome, where he worked in Guglielmo della Porta's workshop. Around 1559–60 he executed a commission for the cabinet of Gianfrancesco Orsini, Conte de Pitigliano: he made a series of small-scale bronze copies of antique sculptures, comprising 12 busts of Roman emperors, an Apollo Belvedere, an Antinous, two copies of the Farnese Hercules (one of them in reverse), an equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, a Venus and the Dioscuri. With the exception of the Marcus Aurelius (untraced), the Tetrode bronzes, which were later presented to Cosimo I de’ Medici (reg 1569–74), are now in the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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