Sculptor Giambologna died on this day in 1608 in Florence. Flemish by birth, Giambologna arrived in Rome in 1550 at age 21, where he embarked on one of the most successful careers in the history of Italian sculpture, working in both bronze and marble. His style came to dominate later Italian sculpture and was disseminated throughout Europe by small-scale bronze replicas of his monumental works.
Reference: Charles Avery. “Giambologna.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T032040>
Architecture, 1560s, bronze, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Portrait of Giovanni Bologna by Hendrick Goltzius, collection Teylers Museum
Appenine, 1570s, rock, lava, brick, Garden of the Villa Medici, Pratolino
Rape of the Sabines, 1581-83, marble, Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence
Hercules and the Centaur, 1600, marble, Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence