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11 / The Urban Experience

Bartolomeo Colleoni
Bartolomeo Colleoni
Artist / Origin Andrea del Verrocchio (Italian, 1435–1488)
Region: Europe
Date 1480s
Material Bronze
Medium: Sculpture
Dimensions H: 155.5 in. (395 cm.) (without base)
Location Campo di SS. Giovanni e Paolo, Venice, Italy
Credit © Adam Woolfitt/CORBIS

expert perspective

John BeardsleyDirector, Garden & Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks

Bartolomeo Colleoni

» Andrea del Verrocchio (Italian, 1435–1488)

expert perspective

John Beardsley John Beardsley Director, Garden & Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks

Sculpture has always played an important role in public space. But the character of public sculpture has changed a lot in the last century. If you look back at public sculptures they tended to be figurative, they tended to represent shared ideals, or shared social goals, or they tended to be commemorative of great events or great people. And sculpture now is much more detached from commemorative functions, it’s given up figurative subject matter. Public sculpture now has a much more abstract character.” 

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