The equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni is Verrocchio's most famous work and was commissioned by the Republic of Venice in 1478. The artist submitted a wax model of the work in 1488 and he moved to Venice to oversee the casting of the statue.
Bartolomeo Colleoni. (w)
Verrocchio fell ill and unfortunately never got to see this famous statue, he died in 1488 before the work could be finished.
An artist who has been largely overshadowed by his famous pupil, Leonardo da Vinci, Andrea del Verrocchio is one of the most important figures of the Italian Renaissance. His influence on the generation of artists who followed him cannot be underestimated and he deserves his place at the high table of art history.