Tiziano Minio. A Prophet. Bronze. "Mid-16th century." 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

LINK TO BIB

TIZIANO DA PADOVA [TIZIANO MINIO], (1517-1552);
and PIETRO DA SALO' (d. 1563)


Extracted from the Life of Jacopo Sansovino

Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists



Another disciple of Sansovino was Tiziano da Padova [Tiziano Minio], a sculptor, who carved some little figures of marble in the Loggia of the Campanile of San Marco at Venice; and in the same Church of San Marco there may be seen, likewise fashioned and cast in bronze by him, a large and beautiful cover for a basin in bronze, in the Chapel of San Giovanni. This Tiziano had made a statue of St. John, with which were the four Evangelists and four stories of St. John, wrought with beautiful artistry for casting in bronze; but he died at the age of thirty-five, and the world was robbed of an excellent and valiant craftsman. And by his same hand is the vaulting of the Chapel of San Antonio da Padova, with a very rich pattern of compartments in stucco. He had begun for the same chapel a grating of five arches in bronze, which were full of stories of that Saint, with other figures in half-relief and low-relief; but this, also, by reason of his death and of the disagreement of those who had the charge of having it done, remained unfinished. Many pieces of it had already been cast, which turned out very beautiful, and many others were made in wax, when he died, and for the said reasons the whole work was abandoned. The same Tiziano, when Vasari executed the above-described decorations for the gentlemen of the Company of the Calza in Canareio, made for that work some statues in clay and many terminal figures. And he was employed many times on ornaments for scenic settings, theatres, arches, and other suchlike things, whereby he won much honour; having executed works all full of invention, fantasy, and variety, and above all with great rapidity.

Pietro da Salo' also was a disciple of Sansovino; and after having toiled at carving foliage until the age of thirty, finally, assisted by Sansovino, who taught him, he set to make figures of marble. In which he so delighted, and studied in such a manner, that in two years he was working by himself; to which witness is borne by some passing good works by his hand that are in the tribune of San Marco, and the statue of a Mars larger than life that is in the facade of the Palazzo Pubblico, which statue is in company with three others by the hands of good craftsmen. He also made two figures in the apartments of the Council of Ten, one male and the other female, in company with two others executed by Danese Cattaneo, a sculptor of the highest reknown, who, as will be related, was likewise a disciple of Sansovino; which figures serve to adorn a chimney-piece. Pietro made, in addition, three figures that are at Santo Antonio, in the round and larger than life; and these are a Justice, a Fortitude, and a statue of a Captain-General of the Venetian forces, all executed with good mastery.

He also made a statue of Justice with a beautiful attitude and good design, which was placed upon a column in the Piazza of Murano, and another in the Piazza del Rialto in Venice, as a support for that stone where public proclamations are made, which is called the Gobbo [Hunchback] di Rialto; and these works have made him known as a very good sculptor. For the Santo, in Padua, he made a very beautiful Thetis; and a Bacchus who is squeezing a bunch of grapes into a cup, which figure, the most difficult that he ever executed, and the best, he left at his death to his children, who have it sill in their house, seeking to sell it to him who shall best recognize and reward the labor that their father endured for it.


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