Praxiteles rules marble; brilliant Apelles painting
Vulcan, lord of fire, rules iron; Riccio is sovereign over bronze.
— Francesco Savonarola, 1560
||Born in Trent. Trained as a master
goldsmith by his father, Ambrogio
||Ambrogio moves the family workshop
||First mentioned as a bronze sculptor,
working for Donatello’s pupil
||Creates the bronze reliquary Altar of
the True Cross in Santa Maria dei
||Pomponius Gauricus’s treatise De
Sculptura extols Riccio as a master
modeler and bronze sculptor.
||Riccio’s Story of Judith and David reliefs complete Bellano’s Old
Testament narrative series for the choir
of the Basilica del Santo, Padua.
||Works on the Paschal Candelabrum,
his greatest bronze monument, for the
center of the Santo’s choir. The War
of the League of Cambrai (1508–16)
||Completes the Moses/Zeus Ammon,
exhibited here, for a font in the
monastery of Santa Giustina, Padua.
||The Paschal Candelabrum is inaugurated
on January 6, the Feast of the
| c. 1516–21
||Works on the tomb for the scholars
Girolamo and Marcantonio Della
Torre at San Fermo Maggiore, Verona.
(The Triumph of Humanist Virtue relief from this tomb is exhibited here.)
|| Installs the life-size terracotta
Enthroned Madonna and Child at the
Scuola del Santo, Padua.
||Works on Antonio Trombetta’s tomb
and bronze portrait bust in the Santo.
||Chronicler Marcantonio Michiel
records Riccio’s public works and a
(lost) bronze statuette of a male nude
carrying a vessel.
|| Finishes the Lamentation, a life-size
terracotta group, for San Canziano,
|| Dies in July. His tomb is erected in San
Giovanni di Verdara, Padua.