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Late Gothic & Early Renaissance
 
 
 
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Sculpture

Nanni di Banco
Donatello
Agostino Di Duccio
Bertoldo di Giovanni
Mino da Fiesole

Desiderio da Settignano
Filarete
Vecchietta
Andrea Bregno
Pietro Lombardo
Antonio Lombardo
Tullio Lombardo
Giovanni Antonio Amadeo
Francesco di Giorgio Martini
Benedetto da Maiano
Luca Della Robbia
Andrea della Robbia

Bernardo Rossellino
Antonio Rossellino
Antonio del Pollaiuolo
Niccolò dell’Arca
Andrea del Verrocchio
 
 
NICCOLO DELL'ARCA.
 
 

Niccolò dell’Arca, also called Niccolò d’Apulia, Niccolò da Ragusa, Nichollò de Bari, and Nicolaus de Apulia (born c. 1435–40—died 1494, Bologna), early Renaissance sculptor famed for his intensely expressionistic use of realism combined with southern Classicism and a plastic naturalism typical of the Burgundian School and especially the work of Claus Sluter. The Ragusa, Bari, and Apulia variants of his name suggest that he might have come from southern Italy.

Niccolò takes his name from the monumental tomb (arca in Italian) of St. Dominic in the church of San Domenico, Bologna, where he made the canopy and most of the freestanding figures (1469–94). Three of the figures were later added by Michelangelo. His most famous work, the passionately dramatic Lamentation over the Dead Christ (seven freestanding polychrome terra-cotta figures, Santa Maria della Vita, Bologna, completed either 1462–63 or c. 1485) may have been inspired by similar groups by Guido Mazzoni.

Another terra-cotta sculpture group of the Virgin and Saints is the Madonna di Piazza (c. 1478) located above the main entrance of the Palazzo Comunale in Bologna.

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The importance of this integration of motion and emotion can be seen in
Mourning of the Marys over the Dead Christ, which shows one or the mourners from a lifesize group of the Lamentation made by Niccolo dell'Arca about 1485-90. Niccolo (c. 1435-1494) came from Apulia and lived mostly in Bologna. Hence we know of no direct link between that work and Pollaiuolo. Yet it could not have been created without Pollaiuolo's influence. The facial expression itself is not unprecedented, but when it is coupled with the vehement forward rush, the entire figure overpowers us just as the Nike of Samothrace does.
 




NICCOLO DELL'ARCA. Mourning of the Marys over the Dead Christ
1462-63
Terracotta with traces of polychromy
Santa Maria della Vita, Bologna




NICCOLO DELL'ARCA. The Lamentation (detail). с 1485-90. Terracotta, lifesize. Sta. Maria della Vita, Bologna




NICCOLO DELL'ARCA. The Lamentation (detail). с 1485-90. Terracotta, lifesize. Sta. Maria della Vita, Bologna




NICCOLO DELL'ARCA. The Lamentation (detail). с 1485-90. Terracotta, lifesize. Sta. Maria della Vita, Bologna




NICCOLO DELL'ARCA. The Lamentation (detail). с 1485-90. Terracotta, lifesize. Sta. Maria della Vita, Bologna




NICCOLO DELL'ARCA. The Lamentation (detail). с 1485-90. Terracotta, lifesize. Sta. Maria della Vita, Bologna




NICCOLO DELL'ARCA. The Lamentation (detail). с 1485-90. Terracotta, lifesize. Sta. Maria della Vita, Bologna




NICCOLO DELL'ARCA. The Lamentation (detail). с 1485-90. Terracotta, lifesize. Sta. Maria della Vita, Bologna




NICCOLO DELL'ARCA. The Lamentation (detail). с 1485-90. Terracotta, lifesize. Sta. Maria della Vita, Bologna





NICCOLO DELL'ARCA. Frontside of the Ark of Saint Dominic, Basilica of Saint Dominic, Bologna, Italy




NICCOLO DELL'ARCA. Ark of St. Dominic (lower part); Basilica of Saint Dominic, Bologna, Italy




NICCOLO DELL'ARCA. St Francis. Ark of Saint Dominic, Basilica of Saint Dominic, Bologna, Italy
NICCOLO DELL'ARCA. St Dominic. Ark of Saint Dominic, Basilica of Saint Dominic, Bologna, Italy
NICCOLO DELL'ARCA. San Floriano. Ark of Saint Dominic, Basilica of Saint Dominic, Bologna, Italy

 


NICCOLO DELL'ARCA.
Tomb of St Dominic: Angel Holding a Candle
1473-94
Marble, height: 51 cm
San Domenico, Bologna


NICCOLO DELL'ARCA.
Tomb of St Dominic: Prophet Wearing a Turban
1473-94
Marble, height: 51 cm
San Domenico, Bologna

 
 

 
 
 
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