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Verrocchio’s Medici Tombs: New Observations and Technical Analysis

December 10 at 12:10 and 1:10 p.m.
West Building Lecture Hall

Dylan T. Smith, Robert H. Smith Research Conservator, department of object conservation, National Gallery of Art

Between 1464 and 1473, Andrea del Verrocchio created two funerary monuments for the Medici in the Church of San Lorenzo in Florence: the tomb of Cosimo the Elder and the tomb of his sons, Piero and Giovanni. These monuments integrate marble, porphyry, and bronze into magnificent designs that were both highly original and technically innovative. Dylan T. Smith will present the results of new technical investigations that offer greater insight into the materials and techniques of the tombs, which are pivotal works in the career of this Renaissance master.

Andrea del Verrocchio, Tomb of Giovanni and Piero de’ Medici, c. 1470–1473, red porphyry, green serpentine, bronze, and marble, Old Sacristy, church of San Lorenzo, Florence

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