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Ralerio used to go daily into the church there for worship at his father's side. 9 The statue was erected by order of the Senate, ordinarily reluctant to cast glory upon merely human greatness: a rare prize understandably valued by the little boy who began to yearn for his own monument. By 1450, there was completed in Padua Donatello's peerless equestrian monument to the soldier Gattamelata-a valorous servant of Venice, and a man the elder Marcello had known wel1. 80 When Valerio saw it, he asked the same question he had posed ofthe Pisani monument: who was this man?
From Milan, Filelfo issued moral exhortations and career advice to his son, and expressions ofgratitude to the royal patron who had granted such opportunities to his brilliant but vagrant offspring. 35 In this milieu, FUelfo must also have encountered Marcello, who had 'J1je tlJirt6cjatlJook. 31 for several years been Sforza's colleague. That encounter took place even before the death ofValerio, and is documented by a letter of 14 May 1460. " 37 The links between Filelfo and Sforza and Filelfo and Marcello also involve those between Sforza and Rene, Sforza and Marcello, and Marcello and Rene, as later chapters will show.
An angel, Valerio triumphantly enters the heavens; and we who are still on earth suffer. Unhappy, sorrowful, entombed by this calamity, we unwillingly live our lives. " 119 He is not dead, but changed: alive and glorified. He has achieved blessedness, and in his present bliss awaits his aged father, destined soon to join him. Free ofcare, he exults 22 Chapter One amid the angel chorus, and prepares for his beloved father a home in heaven beside him: 120 "He has not deserted you, nor has he left his dear mother, his sweet brothers," but has gone to prepare your way.