Benedetto Grazzini

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Panel from the sarcophagus of St. John Gualbert, Museum of San Salvi, Florence.
Relief from an altar, carved between 1517 and 1520, in the National Gallery of Art

Benedetto Grazzini, best known as Benedetto da Rovezzano (1474 – c. 1552) was an Italian architect and sculptor who worked mainly in Florence.

He was born in Pistoia in 1474, and adopted the name Rovezzano from the quarter of Florence in which he lived. His most important works include:

Pope Leo X sent twelve terra cotta medallions by Rovezzano to Cardinal Wolsey. The sculptor himself went to England in 1524. Wolsey commissioned a tomb for himself, but fell from royal favour before its completion, but King Henry VIII of England ordered its completion. King Charles I of England wished to be buried in it although it remained empty until Nelson was buried in it.[1]

Four bronze angels designed by Rovezzano for Wolsey's tomb have come to light and will be acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum.[2]

V&A Museum has now required the 4 angels and are currently touring England. They are currently on display at Newark Museum in Leicester until October 2018.


  1. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Benedetto da Rovezzano" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
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