Pair of large patinated bronze figures of Mercury and Fortuna

After Giambologna (Italian, 1529-1608)

£7,500

These exceptional patinated bronze sculptures depict the ancient Roman gods Mercury and Fortuna and are based on the originals by the famed Mannerist sculptor Giambologna.

 

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Description

The large sculptural figures are crafted from patinated bronze and depict the Roman gods Mercury and Fortuna. Both figures are supported on cylindrical marble plinths that feature continuous relief panel carvings depicting a procession of cherubs. The figures balance on one foot atop the plinth, above the mask of Boreas, the personification in Greek mythology of the north wind. The male figure, Mercury, is portrayed holding the caduceus, the name for his staff, in his left hand, and wearing his winged helmet on his head. The female figure, Fortuna, is depicting raising her hand towards the heavens.

These figures are based on bronze works by the famous Mannerist sculptor, Giambologna (1529-1608). Giambologna’s sculpture of Mercury is especially well-known. It was created in 1580 for Ferdinando de’ Medici. The piece was intended as a sculptural finial for a fountain in the Villa Medici in Rome but was moved in 1780 to the Uffizi Museum in Florence.

Mercury: Height 82cm, width 20cm, depth 24cm
Fortuna: Height 86cm, width 19cm, depth 32cm

Details

Artist / Maker
After Giambologna (Italian, 1529-1608)
Country of Origin
French
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Period
Late 19th Century
Style
Figurative Art, Renaissance
Material
Marble, Patinated Bronze
Colour
Black, Brown

Dimensions

Height
86 cm / 33.9 inches
Width
19 cm / 7.5 inches
Depth
32 cm / 12.6 inches

Reference:
16833

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