Sant'Andrea della Valle, Cenotaphs of Popes Pius II and Pius III
The tomb of Pius II, showing relief; In the first two bays of the nave are the Renaissance cenotaphs of Popes Pius II (died 1464) and Pius III (died 1503), both of the Piccolomini family. Both were originally interred in Old St Peter's, and brought to Sant'Andrea della Valle (the church having been built by a Piccolomini patron) in 1614. Paolo Romano (formerly known as Paolo Taccone) had been the favorite sculptor of Pius II and created his funerary chapel (ca. 1470; destroyed) in St. Peter's. The iconography of the cenotaph may follow that work. The later cenotaph of Pius III was modeled on that of Pius II.
Type of Worksculpture (visual work); monument
death or burial, rulers and leaders, saints, Renaissance
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