Biography of Giovanni Bologna

Biography of Giovanni Bologna

Giovanni Bologna, Jambolonia is a Flemish sculptor, whose real name is Jean Boulogne. Despite the fact that Bologna was born in Douai, France, he studied in Flanders.

Mostly, Giovanni Bologna’s biography is identified with the Italian renaissance. It is believed that Bologna was one of the greatest sculptors of those times. Mostly he lived in Rome, before he moved to Florence. To masterpieces his hands are referred to as “Flying Mercury”. The work “The Rape of the Sabines” with spiral shapes and a complex structure of viewpoints is an excellent example of Mannerist sculpture. This work has had a profound impact on the further development of art.

Among other works in the biography of Giovanni Bologna are statues of horsemen in Florence, the figure of Ferdinand I, Cosimo I, two fountains in the gardens of Boboli. In addition, the sculptor executed the bronze doors of the Pisa Cathedral, the Neptune Fountain in Bologna, the grandiose sculpture of the Apennines. Two elegant statues of evangelists are in the Metropolitan Museum, one in the museum of the University of Kansas.


Biography of Giovanni Bologna