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Torrigiani, Pietro di Torrigiano d'Antonio

Torrigiani, Pietro di Torrigiano d'Antonio (1472–1528). Italian sculptor. In 1510 he was working in England on the tomb of Margaret, Countess of Richmond and Derby (1443–1509), mother of King Henry VII (reigned 1485–1509), and in 1512 contracted to build the funerary monument of the King and Elizabeth of York (1465–1503) in the Lady Chapel (now Mortuary Chapel of Henry VII), Westminster Abbey, completed 1518. He also carried out various other works while in England, much of it portrait-sculpture. His importance lies in the fact that his work was the first mature Italian Renaissance design to be created and realized in England.

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Chilvers, Osborne, & Farr (eds.) (1988);
W. Papworth (1892);
Jane Turner (1996)

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Torrigiano, Pietro

Pietro Torrigiano (pyĕ´trō tōr-rējä´nō), 1472–1528, Florentine Renaissance sculptor. Upon leaving Florence in 1492, he worked in Rome and small Italian cities until his departure for the Netherlands, where he worked for the court. By 1511 he was in England, where his gilt bronze masterpiece, the tomb of King Henry VII and his queen, is preserved in Westminster Abbey. In Spain from c.1522, he executed the fine terra-cotta statues of St. Jerome and the Virgin and Child (both: Seville Mus.). Two male portrait busts in the Metropolitan Museum exemplify his firmly modeled, refined, and dignified style. Torrigiano is said to have broken Michelangelo's nose in a quarrel when they were fellow students.

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