Guglielmo Della Porta

John Constable R.A.
13th May 2015
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F. S. Comte
13th May 2015

Guglielmo Della Porta


After a model attributed to Guglielmo Della Porta

Italy, probably Rome late 16th early 17th century Gilt Bronze Corpus

A gilt-bronze Corpus Christi

25 cm in height


Ultimately deriving from the influence of Michelangelo, this finely detailed Corpus Christi is closely related to a model by Guglielmo della Porta. Having trained in Genoa, della Porta moved to Rome around 1537.

Soon after its discovery he carved the legs for the Farnese Hercules and his skill was recognized by Michelangelo who recommended that they be retained even after the originals were discovered. In 1547 he was appointed to the Papal mint demonstrating his reputation within the Papal court which was cemented by his (subsequently modified) bronze and marble tomb for Pope Paul III (1549-75).