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The monument to Giovanni delle Banda Nere: photos, description Monumento a Giovanni delle Bande Nere)

The monument to Giovanni delle Banda Nere - marble sculptural group in the Renaissance style, located in Piazza San Lorenzo in Florence. The statue was commissioned by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo I de Medici in 1540, the year to perpetuate the memory of his father, Giovanni delle Banda Nere, a successful condottiere of the Medici family. Was the sculptor Baccio Bandinelli. However, from the beginning of the creation of the sculpture caused a lot of controversy was debating whether the image of an armed soldier to be a monument in the Church, and after it was decided that the Church to establish a monument will not be discussed, can such a warrior as Giovanni, all his life fought with the enemy, to be rendered sessile.

Contract Bandinelli had to complete the statue and bas-reliefs in two years, but after the sculptor's death in 1560, the year the bas-reliefs unfinished. Statue of Giovanni delle Banda Nere was first installed in the Great Hall of the Palazzo Vecchio, and the pedestal to her left in the chapel neroni in the Basilica of San Lorenzo. In 1620, the year of Cosimo de ' Medici II ordered to move the pedestal to the square where it is today. In 1812, the year of Giuseppe Del Rosso was built around the fountain with a lion's head and images of the family crest of the Medici. The statue of Giovanni delle Banda to take its rightful place on the pedestal only in 1850 under the direction of the engineer Alessandro Manetti.

Giovanni is seated, somewhat uncomfortable, in a metal breastplate on his body. Without a helmet and military boots, he holds on his knees a commander's baton. The pedestal is decorated with festoons and corner Doric columns. One of the reliefs depicts soldiers carrying the spoils and captives to a seated ruler, others see the coats of arms of the Medici family.