Mino da Fiesole
(Poppi, Tuscany 1429 – 1484 Florence),
garland by Mino da Fiesole and workshop,
c.1455-1460, marble with traces of bole (red clay) and limestone with traces of paint, 83 x 84 x 25 cm.
‘Mino probably used ancient coins from the collection of the Medici,
Florence’s ruling family, as his starting point for this sculpture.
However, the complex carving, the clinging drapery, and the
psychological intensity all characterize the inventiveness Renaissance
artists brought to classical subject matter. In this case, Caesar
offered an important model for leadership, masculinity, and composure.
The garland is clearly by a different hand, but passages, such as the
ribbons and flowers in low relief, correspond to details found in other
decorative carvings from Mino’s workshop. Initially, the limestone
setting was probably put into a wall, perhaps in a lunette over the
door, from which it was later removed. However, the relationship between
the garland and the relief has not yet been clarified and is the
subject of ongoing research.’
The Cleveland Museum of Art