Baceio Bandinelli, an Italian sculptor, born in Florence in 1487, died there in 1559. He was the son of an eminent goldsmith, studied sculpture and painting, and eventually devoted himself exclusively to the former art. Among his best works are a statue of Orpheus, copied from the Apollo Belvedere; a group of Adam and Eve; a copy of the famous group of the Laocoon, in regard of which he boasted of having surpassed the original, which gave rise to Michel Angelo's remark, Chi va dietro ad al-cuno, non puo mai passare inanzi, "He who follows another, can never pass before him;" the "Descent from the Cross," the "Martyrdom of St. Lawrence," the "Massacre of the Innocents," and the colossal Hercules and Cacus, besides many fine bass-reliefs. His works display a great knowledge of anatomy and much fertility of imagination, but are deficient in grace and elasticity. He was of an envious nature, and was charged with having destroyed one of Michel Angelo's celebrated cartoons. He was patronized by the popes and by Charles V., and left a large fortune.