Highly regarded by the Medici, Antonio and his brother painted for them three canvases depicting the Labors of Hercules (lost). Small versions exist of Hercules and the Hydra (Uffizi) a painting and a bronze statuette of Hercules and Antaeus (both: Uffizi) and Hercules and Deianira (Yale Univ.). Other famous canvases are Apollo and Daphne and The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian (National Gall., London) the lively Dancing Nudes (Arcetri) and Tobias and the Angel (Turin). One of Antonio's rare signed engravings, Ten Fighting Nudes, is in the Ufizzi. In 1484 he was summoned with his brother to Rome by Pope Innocent VIII and there executed the bronze tomb of Sixtus IV and the monument to Innocent VIII in St. Peter's.
See C. Seymour, Sculpture in Italy, 1400 to 1500 (1966) L. D. Ettlinger, Antonio and Piero Pollaiuolo (1978).
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