Throughout his long career, Aurelio Amendola (Pistoia, 1938) has devoted himself especially to photography of sculpture, documenting the work of great masters of the Italian Renaissance such as Jacopo della Quercia, Donatello and Michelangelo and photographing masterpieces of Tuscan art such as the pulpit by Giovanni Pisano and Robbia frieze of the Ceppo Hospital in Pistoia, Santa Maria della Spina and the Baptistery in Pisa. In 1994 he was awarded the Goldoni Oscar for for the photo book Un occhio su Michelangelo, about the Medici Chapel of San Lorenzo in Florence. In 1997 he was awarded the Cino da Pistoia Lifetime Achievement Award and, ten years later, he was the first photographer to be invited by the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, with an exhibition dedicated to the sculptures of Michelangelo.
Thanks to his acquaintances with some artists, Amendola also collected a large gallery of portraits of the best known artists of the last century, from De Chirico to Lichtenstein, from Pomodoroto Schifano, from Kosuth to Warhol. He has also created several monographs dedicated to the greatest sculptors and painters of the twentieth century, including those on Marino Marini, Kounellis and Burri.
In Italy his photographs have been exhibited at the French Academy in 1990, at the Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation in 2005, at the Castle of Rivoli in 2008 and at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011.