Year of creation:1488
- Rider(s):Colleoni, Bartolomeo
(1400–1475) became general-in-chief of the armies of the Venetian Republic in 1455. Colleoni had a mixed career fighting for Venice, switching sides from Venice to Milan and from Milan to Venice again. Though his allegiance changed several times, he never switched sides before his term of service was over. Colleoni also never sacked villages and cities like other condottieri did. When he died, he left a large sum to the Republic of Venice for the Turkish war, with a request to erect an equestrian statue of himself in the Piazza San Marco, ‘in front of the St Mark’. However, no monument of any kind was allowed in this square. According to the traditional story, the Serene Republic amended the will to ‘in front of the Grand College of St Mark’, thus ensuring that the state did not lose so large a sum of money.
- Sculptor(s):Verrochio, Andrea / Leopardi, Alessandro
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