Pietro Tacca and workshop, Carrara 1577 - 1640 Florence

  • Pietro Tacca and workshop

    Carrara 1577 - 1640 Florence

Pietro Tacca, one of the most important Mannerist sculptors, began his career as the favoured pupil of Giambologna (1525/29–1608), later succeeding him as court sculptor to the Medici Grand Dukes of Florence. The son of a marble merchant in Carrara, he went to Florence in 1592 as an apprentice to Giambologna and, like his master, worked in both marble and bronze. By 1599 he had been elected to the Accademia del Disegno and in 1601 he was enrolled in the household of the Grand Duke Ferdinando I. Thereafter, he enjoyed a role as a supervisor of the production of a series of great monuments for Ferdinando and for several foreign heads of state, continuing well beyond the death of Giambologna in 1608.


Pietro Tacca and workshop
Carrara 1577–1640 Florence
The Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Evangelist, late 16th–early 17th century
Bronze, on an ebonised wood base, mounted with plaques of pietre dure, gilt bronze finials
123 x 51 x 21 cm (48 3/8 x 20 1/8 x 8 1/4 in.)