Horse of Colleoni Bartolomeo- Piazza Colleoni - Item #782
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Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
21 Inches High
This piece is a reduction of the horse in the equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni. Colleoni was a Condottiero (a hired military leader) of the Republic of Venice, and he bequeathed funds to Venice for an equestrian statue of himself to be created. While the figure is not a portrait of him, it instead represents Colleoni's character and skills as a military commander. The sculpture was unfinished at the time of Verrocchio's death in 1488, though he had completed the clay models of the figure and horse. Verrocchio assigned his pupil Lorenzo di Credi the task of completing the statue in his will, but in 1490 the Venetian state passed the responsibility of completing the monument to Alessandro Leopardi who also designed the base of the monument.
Artist: Andrea del Verrocchio
Museum/Location: Campo di Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice
Origin: Campo di Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice
Time Period: Renaissance, c. 1480s-1490s
"A Closer Look: Bartolomeo Colleoni Monument." World Monuments Fund, https://www.wmf.org/project/bartolomeo-colleoni-monument.
"Equestrian Statue of Colleoni." Web Gallery of Art, https://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/v/verocchi/sculptur/colleoni.html.
Passavent, Gunter. Verrocchio: Sculptures, Paintings and Drawings. Phaidon Press Ltd., 1969, pp. 64.