Monument to Carlo Marsuppini

Monument to Carlo Marsuppini

Purchased from Oronzio Lelli in 1891 for £210 (5333 lire). This was for three copies: one each for the Museums at South Kensington, Edinburgh and Dublin

Original:

Monument to Carlo Marsuppini
Desiderio da Settignano (about 1429-64)
About 1453-60
Marble with traces of pigment
Church of S. Croce, Florence, Italy

Carlo Marsuppini (d. 1453), the humanist scholar, succeeded Filelfo to teach at the Studio in Florence, and was chancellor of Florence from 1444-53. The placement of the laurel wreath on his head, the book clasped to his breast, and the hat by his left shoulder, probably echoes the way in which the body was laid out in the tomb.