Florence Triumphant Over Pisa

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Workshop of Giambologna (Flemish, 1529–1608, active in Italy)
Florence Triumphant Over Pisa, 1575/1700
19 3/4 × 9 × 10 in. (50.17 × 22.86 × 25.4 cm)
Gift of Richard and Erna Flagg M1991.62
Photo credit: John Nienhuis
Currently on View

This work is modeled after a monumental marble sculpture in Florence that Flemish artist Giambologna completed in 1575. The original piece was part of a larger decorative cycle (or set) designed to welcome Francesco de Medici’s new royal bride, when she arrived in the city. This terracotta version captures the dynamism and twisting movement that marks Giambologna’s sculpture. Unlike that work, however, this modello (or small-scale model) features a dog, rather than a fox, at the feet of the defeated Pisa. This variation suggests that the sculptor (likely a pupil of Giambologna) created this group to both study the technique of his master and engage with the subject matter.

Publication History
Winters, Laurie et al., A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture. New York, New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1999, p. 146, cat. 73, color illus. p. 147.
Exhibition History
A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama, April 17–June 14, 1988; The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio, August 1–November 1, 1998; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, December 11, 1998–March 14, 1999; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, April 29–June 20, 1999; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee, July 11–September 12, 1999; Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Standford, California, October 12, 1999–January 2, 2000.

This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.