GIOVANNI DA BOLOGNA (1524–1608) [Ital. for his real name,
See also:JEAN BOLOGNE Or BOULLONGNEJ, French sculptor, was
See also:born at
See also:Douai in 1524 . His early training as a sculptor was conducted at Antwerp, but at the age of twenty-five he went to Italy and he settled in 1553 in Florence, where his best
See also:works still remain . His two most celebrated productions are the single
See also:bronze figure of Mercury, poised on one
See also:foot, resting on the
See also:head of a zephyr, as if in the
See also:act of springing into the air (in the Bargello gallery), and the marble
See also:group known as the Rape of the Sabines, which was executed for Francesco de' Medici and received this name,
See also:Lanzi informs us, after it was finished . It is now in the Loggia de Lanzi of the ducal piazza . Giovanni was also employed at Genoa, where he executed various excellent works, chiefly in bronze . Most of his pieces are characterized by
See also:great spirit and elegance . His great fountain at Bologna (1563–1567) is remarkable for beauty of proportion . Noteworthy also are his two fountains in the Boboli gardens, one completed in 1576 and the other in 1585 . He also
See also:cast the
See also:fine bronze equestrian statue of Cosimo de' Medici at Florence and the very richly decorated west
See also:door of Pisa
See also:cathedral . One of Bologna's best works, a group of two nude figures fighting, is now lost . A fine copy in lead was at one
See also:time in the front quadrangle of Brasenose
See also:Oxford . In 1881 it was sold for old lead by the
See also:principal and
See also:fellows of the college, and was melted down by the plumber who bought it .
See also:Vie et l'ceuvre de Jean Bologne,
See also:Abel Desjardins, d'apres
See also:les manuscrits—recueillis par Foucques de Vagnonville (1883, numerous illustrations;
See also:list of works) .
BOLSENA (anc. Volsinii)
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