Benedetto Grazzini, best known as Benedetto da Rovezzano (1474 – c.
1552) was an Italian architect and sculptor who worked mainly in
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
Pandolfini Chapel and cloister of the Badia Fiorentina.
Remains of the monument of St.
John Gualbert and a chimney, now in
Portal of the Church of Santi Apostoli.
Marble cenotaph of Pier Soderini, church of the Carmine.
Tabernacle of St. John the Evangelist, Santa Maria del Fiore.
Three bas-reliefs in the church of San Salvi.
Pope Leo X
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
Henry VIII of England ordered its completion.
Charles I of England
Charles I of England wished to be buried in it although it
remained empty until Nelson was buried in it.
Four bronze angels designed by Rovezzano for Wolsey's tomb have come
to light and will be acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum.
^ Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Benedetto da Rovezzano".
Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
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