Battle scene

Battle scene

Purchased from Edoardo Pierotti in 1884 for £12 (300 lire)

Original:

Battle scene from the tomb of Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Duke of Milan (d. 1402)
Workshop of Gian Cristoforo Romano (about 1465-1512)
1491-7
Marble
In the west lobe of the South transept in the church of Certosa, Pavia, Italy

One of a series of six reliefs decorating the attic story of the tomb, depicting worthy deeds by Gian Galeazzo Visconti. Inscribed: IMPERIO AVSPICIOQVE SVO HOSTILES EXERCITVS DEBELLAT (By his authority and command he subdues the enemy armies). Gian Galeazzo Visconti, the founder of the Certosa of Pavia, died of the plague in 1402 and was buried in the Abbey of Viboldone. It was some ninety years later that Ludovico Sforza (Il Moro, 1452-1508) commissioned a tomb for Gian Galeazzo in the Certosa, in accordance with the latter's will. Gian Cristoforo Romano does appear from the documents to have been in charge of the project for the tomb. However, it is not possible to ascribe this relief to Gian Cristoforo himself, on account of the lack of any comparable material which is certainly his hand.