Tomb of Leonardo Bruni

Tomb of Leonardo Bruni

Artist Bernardo Rossellino

Date ca. 1445-50

Movement Italian Renaissance

Medium Marble

Dimensions height to top of arch 20’

Located at Basilica di Santa Croce, Florence

 

Leonardo Bruni played a pivotal role in the cultural and commercial advancement of Florence, seeing the city as the successor to ancient Rome. Rossellino employs a number of devices to mark this connection—note the Roman eagles upholding the bier, the Classical architecture and laurel upon Bruni’s head