Niccolò dell’Arca (1435?-94), also called Niccolò da Bari and several other names, is an exceptionally elusive character. The names suggest he came from Puglia, but beyond that little is known of him. Some say he studied in France, while others suggest Siena, noting stylistic similarities with the great Jacopo della Quercia.
He earned his name 'dell'Arca' from his statues of Bologna's eight patron saints on the majestic tomb of St Dominic, the 'Arca' in San Domenico He also sculpted the extraordinary terracotta Deposition in Santa Maria della Vita, and the Madonna over the entrance of the Palazzo Comunale.
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