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Francesco da Sangallo

Son of Giuliano

Praying Magdalene, Museo Diocescano

Architect and sculptor Giuliano da Sangallo took his ten year old son Francesco (1494–1576) to Rome, where he witnessed the unveiling of the Lacoön. He trained with his father and Andrea Sansovino and contributed to St Peter's in Rome and the Duomo in Florence. His fine chiselling technique earned him the nickname Il Margotta, 'the grafter' (as in tree grafting, not corruption)

He has works in Orsanmichele (the Virgin and Child and St Anne on the altar). His Praying Magdalene in the Museo Diocesano di Santo Stefano al Ponte is nearly as harrowing as Donatello's famous ravaged figure now in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.

Tomb of Leonardo Nuonafede

Other works are in Santa Maria Pimerana in Fiesole, the Tomb of Leonardo Buonafede at the Certosa del Galluzzo and the Tomb of Paolo Giovio in the cloister of San Lorenzo.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Sailko, GNU Free Documentation License