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 Bartolomeo Bellano



Bellano Bartolomeo   


(b Padua, 1437–8; d Padua, 1496–7).

Italian sculptor. He was the son of a goldsmith and, according to both Vasari and Scardeone, a pupil of Donatello. Although this is undocumented, it may well be true, since shortly after Donatello’s return to Florence from Padua in October 1456, Bellano is mentioned in connection with payments for Donatello’s bronze statue of Judith Slaying Holofernes (Florence, Pal. Vecchio). Bellano is documented in Padua again in May 1458 when he, together with Francesco Squarcione, assessed a work of art. Bellano’s earliest documented works are four terracotta reliefs with figures of boys, which were commissioned c. 1460 by Antonio Mainardi, one of which can probably be identified (Lyon, Mus. B.-A.). Although Bellano’s indebtedness to Donatello can be seen in this work, his own figure style is already evident in the powerfully modelled boys’ figures.


David with the head of Goliath,
1470-1480 ca., Metropolitan Museum



Europa and the Bull



Biblical reliefs on the choir stalls in the Basilica of Saint Anthony, 1484-1488


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