Lombardo, (born c. 1435, Carona, duchy
of Milan [Italy]—died June 1515,
Venice), leading sculptor and architect
of Venice in the late 15th century,
known for his significant
contribution to the Renaissance
in that city. He was the father of
Tullio and Antonio, both respected
sculptors of the time.
Lombardo’s early work shows a Florentine
influence, but his mature style is
clearly affected by
Northern ideas. His first known
work was the
Monument of Antonio Roselli
(1464–67) in the Church of
San Antonio in Padua, where he
also designed the Casa Olzignan. About
moved to Venice, where he spent
the remainder of his life, producing
monuments and buildings.
Lombardo’s most significant tombs in
Venice are in the
Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo:
the Malipiero Monument (c. 1463) and the
Doge Pietro Mocenigo Monument (c.
1476–81), which is decorated with 15
life-size marble figures. On the latter
and numerous other works, Lombardo was
assisted by his sons, and they sometimes
executed entire projects under his
supervision—e.g., the Onigo Monument
(1490); San Nicolò, Treviso.
Lombardo was architect and chief
sculptor for the Church of
Santa Maria dei Miracoli
(1481–89), which is considered one of
the finest Renaissance buildings in
Venice. In 1482 he executed the tomb of
Dante in Ravenna and in 1485 began work
on his most distinguished monument, the
Zanetti tomb in the cathedral at
Treviso, for which most of the carving
was done by Tullio and Antonio. From
1498 until 1515 he served as master
mason of the Palazzo Ducale (Doges’
Palace) in Venice.
Angel. c. 1474.
Marble. San Giobbe, Venice