Among the illustrious sculptors who worked in Carrara, Pietro Tacca is certainly noteworthy.
“At only fifteen years of age he entered the workshop of Giambologna (1592), the most important sculptor of the time in Florence, whose first helper he became after Pietro Francavilla’s departure for Paris in 1601. Upon the master’s death (1608), he had the usufruct of his studio and home in Borgo Pinti and only a year later took his place as grand ducal sculptor…”
Born in Carrara in 1577 and died in Florence in 1640, a pupil and successor of Giambologna, Pietro Tacca is universally recognized as the greatest representative in Tuscany of the Baroque taste.
Among his most famous works are, the “Four Moors” of the monument to Ferdinand I (Livorno). The statues, representing Saracen pirates taken prisoner by the Order of Santo Stefano, were made by the sculptor taking as models some slaves who were prisoners of the galleys that docked in the nearby port of Livorno.
The colossal equestrian monument to Philip IV (Madrid, Piazza d’Oriente), the popular “Porcellino,” or bronze fountain with a wild boar in the Logge del Mercato Nuovo in Florence, the equestrian statue to Ferdinand I de’ Medici for Piazza Santissima Annunziata.