Bartolomeo Colleoni

Verrocchio's statue of the mercenary, Bartolomeo Colleoni, Venice
The equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni
Venice is home to the most magnificent bronze equestrian statue in the world. 
The equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni in Venice.
The equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni
The statue, which was modelled by Andrea del Verrocchio and cast by Alessandro Leopardi, portrays Bartolomeo Colleoni (1400-75), a successful condottiero (mercenary), who was employed by the Venetian republic for many years. Verrocchio depicts man and horse as a formidable fighting machine. 
Bartolomeo Colleoni's coat of arms
Bartolomeo Colleoni's coat of arms
Bartolomeo Colleoni was very proud of his family name, which derives from the Latin word coleus (testicle). As a general, he led his men into battle with the cry 'Coglia, coglia' and his coat of arms actually depicts three pairs of testicles. 

This can be better seen on the coat of arms in the Cappella Colleoni in Bergamo, where he is buried. 
Colleoni's coat of arms in the 
Cappella Colleoni, Bergamo Cathedral
In Italian, a slang word for testicles is coglioni

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