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Tullio Lombardo [Tullio Solari]

Born: c. 1460

Died: 1532

TULLIO SOLARI, known as Tullio Lombardo, has been described as the first sculptor in Venice who could achieve convincing classical proportions. He worked in such close collaboration with his father Pietro (c. 1438-1515), brother Antonio (c. 1458-c. 1516) and son Sante that their individual contributions are often not identifiable. Together they were referred to simply as i Lombardi [the Lombards].

The father Pietro was born in the Lombard town of Cremona and trained as a sculptor in Rome. He and his sons transferred to the Veneto, c. 1460, first to Padua and then to Venice. Tullio refined his father's somewhat stiff style into a more natural, highly polished one. He is recorded to have had a study collection of Classical statuary and also to have utilized motifs from early reliefs set in the walls of the Basilica di S. Marco.

In Venice the Church of SS. Giovanni e Paolo [Zanipolo] contains two sculptural works of Tullio: the Monument to Doge Pietro Mocenigo, executed with his father and brother, and the Monument to Doge Andrea Vendramin, an evocation of a Roman triumphal arch encrusted with decorative figures, which appears to be Tullio's work alone. To Tullio are also attributed the Funeral Monument of Cav. Marco Cornaro (B-16) in the Church of SS. Apostoli and the frieze in the Cornaro Chapel of the Church S. Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

In Venice the family moved from sculpture alone into architecture, producing one of Venice's unique jewels, the Church of S. Maria dei Miracoli (now newly-renovated), and contributed to numerous other notable structures, including the Church of S. Giobbe and the Scuola di S. Giovanni Evangelista.

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