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Art at Site 	www.firenzearte.nl	Antonio	Bortone	Statue of Michele di Lando
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Antonio Bortone

Statue of Michele di Lando

1895
Loggia del Mercato Nuovo, San Lorenzo
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In 1378, the Guelph party was firmly in control of Florence, backed by the old nobility who liked the status quo and their control over the populace. Salvestro de’ Medici (a cousin of Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici, founder of the dynasty) was challenging their authority along with many Florence workers, but as these workers did not belong to one of the powerful Guilds they could not vote. When the Ciompi Revolt broke out in 1378 (a popular revolt led by the wool carders, ciompi), Michele di Lando led the people in taking the Palazzo della Signoria and the Priors fled. He took power for six weeks, leading the Priors to create three new Guilds which provided representation to the workers. The Ciompi were later routed by the guilds, but this was a traumatic memory for the Guilds.

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Intensa fu la produzione di Bortone negli anni seguenti: nel 1895 il Michele di Lando per la loggia del Mercato Nuovo a Firenze, nel 1899 il monumento alla Duchessa Francesca Capece sulla piazza principale di Maglie, il monumento sepolcrale ad Alessandro de Donno nel cimitero di Lecce, il monumento a Sigismondo Castromediano nella piazza Matteo di Lecce e il monumento ai Martiri di Otranto. Suoi sono anche il busto a Vittorio Emanuele II nel Senato e uno dei grandi bassorilievi con Genio alato nel pronao di sinistra del Vittoriano a Roma.
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Intense was the production of Bortone in the following years: in 1895 the Michele di Lando for the loggia del Mercato Nuovo in Florence in 1899, a monument to the Duchess Francesca Capece's main square meshes, the sepulchre for Alexander de Donno in Lecce, the monument to Sigismondo Castromediano in Lecce's piazza Matteo and the monument to the martyrs of Otranto. Its also a bust to Vittorio Emanuele II in the Senate and one of the great reliefs with winged Genius in the Pronaos of the Vittoriano in Rome.