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BARTOLOMEO COLLEONI MONUMENT

BARTOLOMEO COLLEONI MONUMENT
Venice, Italy
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BACKGROUND

The Bartolomeo Colleoni equestrian statue, located beside the Scuola Grande di San Marco in the Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo, was erected in fulfillment of a request made by the condotierro before his death in 1475. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In 2003, WMF began the process of studying, cleaning, and restoring the Bartolomeo Colleoni monument, which had suffered from years of neglect, and damage from the local climate. In particular, WMF sought to treat the unmitigated negative effects of salty air and pollution, whose impact had not been addressed since the last major conservation work on the statue in 1919. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The Bartolomeo Colleoni statue, which was Verrochio’s final commission, is one of the most exquisite Renaissance equestrian statues. The process of restoring the Colleoni Monument yielded unexpected gains in our understanding of how the bronze statue was originally cast and manufactured, and the techniques used in its construction. (...)

VIDEOS
World Monuments FundRestoration of the Bartolomeo Colleoni Monument
January, 2014

After centuries of exposure to the elements and airborne pollution, one of Italy's most celebrated Renaissance sculptures has recently been restored by World Monuments Fund. Located in the square beside Venice's Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, the monumental equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni underwent a comprehensive three-year cleaning and restoration. This brief video offers highlights.