Verrocchio, Christ and St. Thomas

1467 – 1483

Bronze

230 cm

Orsanmichele, Florence, Italy

Verrocchio’s work can be said to clearly embody the Renaissance Humanist tradition of looking to the ancients for guidance in art. This neo-classicism  is apparent throughout Verrocchio’s oeuvre but nowhere perhaps so clearly as in his “Christ and St. Thomas”, created for the Calimala Guild to adorn the outside of Orsanmichele. The “heightened naturalism and dramatic power”(Dolcini, 53) of the sculpture made it one of the most important sculpture’s in Renaissance Florence, and these Humanist qualities are what made this a stepping stone for later artists such as Michelangelo and Raphael. With the exception of Donatello, no other sculptor of the 15th century seems to have had such a “direct and sustained response”(Dolcini 54) to ancient art.