Giovanni-Maria Mosca

(active 1507 - 1573)
Giovanni-Maria Mosca Relief of Mucius Scaevola About 1523

Biography

Mosca was a sculptor and medallist probably born at Padua in Northern Italy. He was first apprenticed to the celebrated stone mason Giovanni Minelli in 1507 and worked mainly in Venice from 1520-1530. He left for Poland in 1530 to enter the service of King Sigismund I, forming an important sculptural workshop in Cracow. He played an important role in the dissemination of Renaissance sculpture and design across Eastern Europe, specialising in funerary monuments.