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Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian, Naples 1598–1680 Rome)
Date: ca. 1616–17Accession Number: 1976.92
Date: 1506–15Accession Number: 41.190.482
Battista di Domenico Lorenzi (Italian, ca. 1527/28–1594)
Date: 1568–70Accession Number: 40.33
Tullio Lombardo (Italian, ca. 1455–1532)
Date: early 16th centuryAccession Number: 32.100.155
Cristoforo Solari (Italian, ca. 1460–1524)
Date: probably 1514–24Accession Number: 2012.328
Cristoforo Stati (Cristofano da Bracciano) (Italian, 1556–1619)
Date: 1600–1601Accession Number: 41.100.242
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Don Pedro Fajardo y Chacón (ca. 1478–1546), governor of Murcia during the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella, assisted in suppressing the Moorish rebellions and was rewarded with the town of Vélez Blanco. Between 1506 and 1515 he erected a castle that included a central courtyard embellished with Italian Renaissance ornament in local Macael marble, carved by craftsmen from Lombardy. The patio was sold in 1904 and George Blumenthal acquired it for his New York residence. After Blumenthal's death the approximately two thousand marble blocks were brought to the Museum and reassembled, as faithfully as possible, in 1964. It surrounds the most important collection of monumental Italian Renaissance sculptures in America.
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