Equestrian Monument of Colleoni

Equestrian Monument of Colleoni

Artist Andrea del Verrocchio

Date ca. 1483-88

Movement Italian Renaissance

Medium Bronze

Dimensions height 13′

Located at Campo Santissimi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice

 

This work was commissioned by the republic of Venice, per Colleoni’s own will; this army general certainly would have known of Donatello’s Gattamelata, and Verrocchio does well to incorporate its themes. The horse is portrayed with great detail—veins and sinew convey strength, while its pose implies grace; Colleoni wears a smug, powerful expression as he surveys the seen; he is significantly larger in relation to his horse than in Donatello’s Gattamelata. This work is one example of the growing influence of Florentine works in Venice—here, specifically, the Florentine practice of reviving Classical themes.