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- Colleoni, Bartolomeo
The work portrays Bartolomeo Colleoni, a mercenary army captain from Bergamo who served two great rival states, the duchy of Milan and the republic of Venice. Colleoni promised his entire fortune to Venice with one inconvenient string attached: his statue was to be erected in Piazza San Marco, the secular and spiritual heart of the city. Venice accepted the bequest but altered the location, placing the monument instead in Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, where it stands today. It recently underwent a detailed analysis and restoration.
- Rhind, J. Massey
(1860 – 1936) was a Scottish-American sculptor.
- Venice, Italy
The Bartolommeo Colleoni monument in Lincoln Park, Newark was brought here to beautify the city. There are no descendants of the Colleoni family in Newark, nor was there a large colony of Venetian immigrants in Newark at any time. Newark brewer Christian Feigenspan asked John Cotton Dana, founder of the Newark Museum, and sculptor John Massey Rhind (1860-1936) to suggest a work from history for him to endow. There no real back story…it’s just a work of art admired by this city’s premiere promoter of the visual arts at the beginning of the 20th century.