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Giovanni delle Bande Nere

Ludovico di Giovanni de' Medici, known as Giovanni delle Bande Nere
Forlì 1498 - Mantova 1526 Italian condottiero, father of Cosimo I de' Medici
Baccio Bandinelli

Firenze /  Giovanni delle Bande Nere   Firenze /  Giovanni delle Bande Nere


Marble statue of Giovanni sitting, somewhat uncomfortably, and wearing a metallic cuirass on his torso. Without a helmet or army boots, he holds a baton of command on his knee. The plinth is almost more decorative with festoons and Bucranium, and corner doric columns. One bas-relief appears to show soldiers bringing booty and captives before a sitting ruler. Others depict the Medici Coat of Arms. The fourth side has a text from the 19th century. The corners have doric pilaster-columns.

Firenze - Giovanni delle Bande Nere


una parte di questo monumento
destinato da cosimo primo
ad onorare la memoria del padre
giovanni dalle bande nere
lungamente non curata qui stette
e il volgo la chiamo' la base di san lorenzo
restaurata nell'anno mdcccl
e postavi la statua del gran capitano
ebbe alfine compimento la pregevole opera
scolpita dal bandinelli

One part of this monument
destined by Cosimo I
to honor the memory of his father
Giovanni delle Bande Nere
by no choice stood
and commonly called the Base of San Lorenzo
Restored in 1850
and made to host the statue of the great captain
becoming finally complete the prized work
sculpted by Bandinelli


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Locatie (N 43°46'29" - E 11°15'18")

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