Girolamo Ticciati, Eagles of the Guild of Calimala

Girolamo Ticciati
Cortile del Ticciati
Specific location
End wall
Original location
Baptistery of Saint John, altar of the Magdalene and main altar
White marble

Series of six white marble eagles sculpted by Girolamo Ticciati in 1732 and coming from the Baptistery. These sculptures decorated the tables of the main altar, dedicated to the Baptist and the Magdalene and, together with the Baroque apparatus of which they formed part, were dismantled and removed at the beginning of the 20th century. Some of these eagles claw the "torsello", that is an ancient form of packaging; the eagle with the “torsello” was the emblem of the Guild of “Calimala”, i.e. Guild of the merchants who imported fabrics and cloths packed, precisely, in the "torselli". Calimala was one of the oldest and most powerful corporations of ancient Florence, which from the 12th to the 18th century had the patronage of the Baptistery and for this reason the symbol of the eagle with the torsello is so recurrent in the Baptistery and in the works belonging to its decorations and its treasure.

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