Antonio Pollaiolo

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Antonio Pollaiolo

9 artworks

Italian painter, sculptor, engraver and jeweller

Born 1432 - Died 1498

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Portrait of a gentlewoman (probably from Vespucci's family)


Bust in painted and gilded wood

45 x 41 x 23 cms | 17 1/2 x 16 x 9 ins

Hercules and Anteus

circa 1470-circa 1480


45 cms | 17 1/2 ins

The Bargello, Florence, Italy

Credit: Web Gallery of Art


Tobias and the Angel



Galleria Sabauda, Torino, Italy


Portrait of a Young Woman



52.5 x 36.2 cms | 20 1/2 x 14 1/4 ins

Staatliche Museen, Berlin, Germany


Battle of Ten Nudes



428 x 618 cms | 168 1/2 x 243 1/4 ins

The Uffizi, Florence, Italy


Martyrdom of St Sebastian



292 x 202 cms | 114 3/4 x 79 1/2 ins

National Gallery, London, United Kingdom


Monument of Sixtus IV



St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican, Holy See (Vatican City State)

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POLLAIUOLO, ANTONIO (1429-1498), distinguished himself as a sculptor, jeweller, painter and engraver, and did valuable service in perfecting the art of enamelling. His painting exhibits an excess of brutality, of which the characteristics can be studied in the Saint Sebastian, painted in 1475, and now in the National Gallery, London. A St Christopher and the Infant Christ is in the Metropolitan Museum, New York. But it was as a sculptor and metal-worker that he achieved his greatest successes. The exact ascription of his works is doubtful, as his brother Piero [c.1441-1496] did much in collaboration with him. The museum of Florence contains the bronze group Hercules strangling Cacus and the terra-cotta bust The Young Warrior; and in the South Kensington Museum, London, is a bas-relief representing a contest between naked men. In 1489 Antonio took up his residence in Rome, where he executed the tomb of Sixtus IV. (1493), a composition in which he again manifested the quality of exaggeration in the anatomical features of the figures. In 1496 he went to Florence in order to put the finishing touches to the work already begun in the sacristy of Santo Spirito. He died in 1498, having just finished his mausoleum of Innocent VIII. [1432-1492], and was buried in the church of San Pietro in Vincula, where a monument was raised to him near that of his brother.

Source: Entry on the artist in the
1911 Edition Encyclopedia.