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Bartolomeo Bon

Bartolomeo Bon (Venice 1400-1467) was a successful sculptor and architect working in Venice in the 15th Century.

Originally from the Canton Ticino, the Italian-speaking area in the south of Switzerland, he mainly worked with his father Giovanni, a master of Gothic architecture, on many churches and palaces of the day.
Some of Bon’s most important works in Venice are: the decoration of Ca' d'oro (1424-1430), commissioned by the Procuratore di San Marco, Marino Contarini; the marble entrance of the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (1432-42); the construction of the Porta della Carta in the Doge’s Palace (1438-42) and the beautiful entrance to the church of Santo Stefano.

In 1459 Bartolomeo was asked to build the large marble entrance to the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo; he later worked on the entrance to the Scuola Grande della Misericordia, the lunette of which is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, as well as the entrance to the church of San Polo and the Arco Foscari in the Doge’s Palace.
The Bons used a special paint and gold-leaf technique that always gave their work a polychromatic effect. Both father and son took the Venetian Gothic style to levels of excellence.


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