Monumento Sepolcrale di Benedetto Soranzo nella Chiesa di S. Maria Sopra Minerva

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Monumento Sepolcrale di Benedetto Soranzo nella Chiesa di S. Maria Sopra Minerva


Sepulchral monument of Benedict Soranzo in the church of St. Mary above Minerva


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And if the opinion of the author of the Knight Tosi around the Ex - Valdes storage place in St. James of the Spaniards , and then moved onto the porch of the hospice of St. Mary of Montserrat, was received with acclaim by the smart of ' art will also not without good reason that we write to Sansovino on this tomb that Victor Superanzio Venetian patrician consecrated to the memory of his brother Benedict , Archbishop of Nicosia apostolic secretary of Innocent VIII and Ceremonies of Alexander V , failure to live fresh age of 45 years. In fact, the two monuments can be said to be equal to each other, which changes where the Ex- Valdes must be distinguished from that of Superanzio you are of slight moment and diversify away from essentially all from one from the other, that would be indifferent and warn the passarcene. As one of the Ex - Valdes of this Superanzio is formed of two pillars adorned with sconces and Display heads and foliage of exquisite work, as in that of the base presents in these three compartments with -arms of the deceased and with the inscription on the life and death of him. Also in this that in those two shelves hold up a frame on which to pose the urn which by way of supporting the coffin of the deceased cardinal. If not this beautiful urn ornament and straight legs of a lion and bigger than that of Ex- Valdes and therefore somewhat covering the three compartments marked in the wall There arises more from at the frieze that is not in other store which frieze, however, and as well as in the compound of heads seraphim, and begins and ends in the pillars on which stands a band and turn in a semicircle in closing the monument, presenting in its bezel Mary with her son in the middle, St. John the Baptist on the right and left Pontiff St., figure all graciously carved in bas-relief. We will cease from noting the similarity of the two works almost perfect without mentioning that among the middle urn hath in this as well as in the plaque, which reads a couplet where do you copy nice advice from mortals. The council which consists in this, that I give every studio in not many years but both does that in life, whatever Salesian life, flowing honest and pious. But after observing how these two works are the children of one idea to another and therefore one countenance together, let us hasten to declare that what goes into the ornaments they COTAL variety to wonder how many other details can dress the same general concept.
Eleven years before the Ex-Valdes, died the Superanzio came to life: this is detected by the respective lapidary inscriptions. Although the chronological date of their death is not certain proof of the creation of monuments, not of necessity that the Ex-Valdes, because dead after the Superanzio, not even after it was raised the deposit, the more that those prepare for living in the if and but a strong indication that the erection of this preceded that of the other, in short, this is the original and the other the imitation. Both, however, however, and in one another and start to copy as much of the artistic beauty of details that make you forget the question of the originality of the general thought of the work. This monument is to the left of the chapel already sacred to St. Agnes of Montepulciano and now at St. Raymond in the church of St. Mary above Minerva.


Drawn by Francesco M. Tosi


Presso l'Editore Proprietario


15th and 16th Sculpture


Unknown Donor


Geneseo Foundation


Volumes 2, 3, 4, and 5


20 x 16






Italian Monuments in Rome created during the 15th and 16th Century


Prints were made circa 1835 to 1860




Drawn by Francesco M. Tosi , “Monumento Sepolcrale di Benedetto Soranzo nella Chiesa di S. Maria Sopra Minerva,” LLB Galleries, accessed September 22, 2021,