0252 Andrea e Jacopo Sansovino per gli Avis: i mausolei regali portoghesi nel contesto europeo

  • Tommaso Mozzati (Author)

    Researcher in the Dipartimento di Lettere at the University of Perugia, he is the author of numerous contributions dedicated to Italian Renaissance and Mannerist sculpture. He has presented several essays about artistic exchanges between Tuscany, France, Great Britain and Spain in international journals and meetings. He was a fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies of Columbia University in New York City, at Villa I Tatti The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz and at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In 2013, he was co-curator of the exhibition "Norma e capriccio" at the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence. Most recently, in 2018, he co-curated the exhibition "Spagna e Italia in dialogo nell’Europa del Cinquecento" at the Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe degli Uffizi.

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The article investigates the involvement of Andrea and Jacopo Sansovino in the planning of the burials of two Portuguese kings, D. João II and D. Manuel I. Starting from a new reading of the sources and the modern bibliography, it aims to reconstruct the chronology and events by relocating the sculptors’ activity and the ambitions of the Avis sovereigns to royal mausoleums beyond Portugal, from Spain, to France, to England. The article also re-examines drawing 142 A, which today is in the Uffizi’s Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe, questioning its supposed relationship with those projects and with both artists’ production under the patronage of the Lusitanian kings.


royal tombs, Monastery of Batalha, Jerónimos Monastery in Belém, Aviz dynasty, King Manuel I of Portugal, Andrea Sansovino, Jacopo Sansovino