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Giovanni da Bologna

1529-1608 Italy/Mannerism


Brief Biography-Giovanni da Bologna, Giambologna or Jean de Boulogne, was born in Douai. In 1555 he went to Italy, spending two years in Rome before settling in Florence, where most of his works remain. His career took off with a commission from Pope Pius IV for the Neptune Fountain in Bologna. He won commissions from several cities, including Madrid, Genoa, Paris and Pisa. His career peaked with the "Rape of the Sabines" sculpture at the Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence and his Bronze statue, the "Flying Mercury." However, his most striking work is the giant statue of the mountain god Appenine in the Pratolino Medici Park, which stands ten metres high. Giovanni da Bologna was rated second only to Michelangelo as a sculptor until the nineteenth century.


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florence triumphant
over pisa

florence triumphant over pisa by Giovanni da Bologna

of neptune

fountain of neptune

hercules and the

hercules and the centaur



rape of
a sabine

rape of a sabine

samson and a

samson and a philistine