Skip to main content
Want more images or videos?
Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 9

Mark Matveevich Antokolsky
An important Russian gilt bronze figure of Mephistopheles, Barbedienne fondeur

1883

About the Item

Cast gilt bronze by Ferdinand Barbedienne from Mark Antokolskii, Paris, 1883 The rockwork base inscribed ANTOCOLSKY Mark Matveievich Antokolskii was born in Vilna, the son of a Jewish inn-keeper. Initially trained as an engraver, he studied sculpture at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg under Pimenov. In the capital, Antokolskii mixed with the leading representatives of Russian culture: Shishkin, Vasnetsov, Kramskoi, Stasov and became a friend of Repin's. In 1871, after graduating from the Academy, Antokolskii's ill health forced him to go abroad, to Rome and Paris, and from then he only occasionally returned home. He took the model of Mephistopheles from Goethe's poem "Faust". For all their differences in character, most of Antokolskii's heroes share a common striving for truth, sometimes at a cost of their own lives, Christ judged by the People (1874), Socrates Death (1875), Spinoza (1882). As an antithesis to this, as early as 1874 the sculptor conceived the idea for a statue of Mephistopheles. His Mephistopheles is not so much the embodiment of all evil as the personification of tormenting doubt and scepticism; the sharp, angular forms and sarcastic face lend the image great expressiveness. The present work is a replica of the marble statue completed in 1882 and exhibited in the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. Both marble and bronze example were exhibited in St. Petersburg in 1888. An example in marble is currently at the Ermitage in St. Petersburg and in bronze at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London
  • Creator:
    Mark Matveevich Antokolsky (1840 - 1902, Russian)
  • Creation Year:
    1883
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 34.26 in (87 cm)Width: 15.75 in (40 cm)Depth: 19.69 in (50 cm)
  • Medium:
  • Movement & Style:
  • Period:
  • Condition:
  • Gallery Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU1599211324172
More From This SellerView All
  • The Resurrection of Christ, polychrome wood carved sculpture. German Rococo.
    Located in Brooklyn, NY
    Certified by Rosario Coppel in Spain. The Resurrection of Christ Polychrome wood 43 cm high (38 cm from head to feet) Base: 10 x 10 cm "The diagonal composition, the posture, the s...
    Category

    Mid-18th Century Rococo Figurative Sculptures

    Materials

    Oil, Wood

  • Horses, a farmer with a dog in a farmyard
    By George Morland
    Located in Brooklyn, NY
    Provenance: Private Collection, purchased in London, UK, sold by the grandson of a prominent Argentinian businessman who said his grandfather acquired the painting in London sometime between 1910-1920 and has remained in their family until sold to Sebastian Deya...
    Category

    19th Century Realist Figurative Paintings

    Materials

    Canvas, Oil

  • Flight into Egypt, Cusco School XVII Century. Carved wood panel.
    Located in Brooklyn, NY
    Flight into Egypt, Cusco School XVII Century. Oil on convex panel. The panel is carved on the frame, making everything one single piece of wood.
    Category

    Early 18th Century Figurative Paintings

    Materials

    Gold Leaf

  • A very rare pair of Italian scagliola panels, mid-18th century
    Located in Brooklyn, NY
    Panel 1 (with boats below arch): 50x37cm; 60x47cm (framed) Panel 2 (with cliffs): 44.5x34cm; 54x44cm (framed) These panels are fine examples of the scagliola technique, perfected by...
    Category

    Mid-18th Century Figurative Paintings

    Materials

    Stone

  • Peruvian School Holy Family, oil on canvas with drops of silver
    Located in Brooklyn, NY
    A very nice painting of a Holy Family, oil on canvas.
    Category

    Late 17th Century Baroque Figurative Paintings

    Materials

    Silver

  • After Joseph Heintz the Elder's Entombment of Christ
    Located in Brooklyn, NY
    Late Renaissance copper after Joseph Heintz the Elder's Entombment of Christ The entombment of Christ, after Joseph Heintz the Elder. Oil on copper...
    Category

    Early 17th Century Figurative Paintings

    Materials

    Copper

You May Also Like
  • Balance
    By Denny Haskew
    Located in Loveland, CO
    "Balance" by Denny Haskew Unique, 1 of 1, Figurative Sculpture 15.5 x 8 x 8" bronze, gold leaf, silver leaf, granite base Male and Female nudes balance together on a sphere in a dance of unity. "ENTER HERE, YOU ARE GOLDEN. IT IS NOT THE ROOM NOR THE LIGHTING. THE MALE THAT LIVES, IS YOU. THE FEMALE THAT LIVES, IS YOU. HOLDING, TWISTING WITH THE TORCH OF LIFE. AT TIMES TURNING YOUR BACK ON WHAT LIFE IS. ENTER HERE YOU ARE GOLDEN." -DH ABOUT THE ARTIST: Denny Haskew currently resides in Loveland, Colorado where he is actively engaged in the art industry as a sculptor. He received his degree from the University of Utah, then served two years in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Having spent numerous years as a guide and ski instructor, Denny has learned to love the rivers and mountains of the western states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, and Utah. After moving to Loveland, a hub of successful working sculptors, he wasted no time in getting monumental sculpture experience through working with renowned sculptors including Fritz White and Kent Ullberg N.A. Since 1987, Denny has created and placed dozens of monumental compositions; spanning the full spectrum of the figurative genre. As a member of the Potawatomi Citizen Nation, it is only natural for his artwork to follow the Native American culture. His art has not been limited to Native American and southwestern subjects, however, as he frequently explores abstract forms placing emphasis on the qualities of the metal and stone used. As a Charter member of the National Sculptors' Guild and being close to other sculptors and the Loveland area foundries has helped him to master all the foundry processes involved in producing a desirable and lasting monumental bronze sculpture. Over 50 major public placements include the Smithsonian Institution, DC.; the Gilcrease Museum, OK; Cerritos, CA; Little Rock, AR; the Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Sioux collection, MN, and the Barona Band of Mission Indians...
    Category

    2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

    Materials

    Granite, Bronze, Gold Leaf

  • Defi a Newton
    By Arman
    Located in Palm Beach, FL
    ARMAN 1928 - 2005 Bronze sculpture, 2004 Polished bronze with black patina, 2004, stamped with foundry stamp and numbered, published by Venturi Arte, Bologna Signed and numbered...
    Category

    Early 2000s Realist Figurative Sculptures

    Materials

    Bronze, Gold Leaf

  • MINIATURE DOUBLE DIVER
    By Carole Feuerman
    Located in Aventura, FL
    Bronze sculpture with 24K gold leaf caps on granite base. Variant of 8. Artwork in Excellent Condition. Certificate of Authenticity is included. Please do not hesitate to ask us any further questions. All reasonable offers will be considered. About the Artist: Carole A. Feuerman (American, born 1945) is a Hyper-Realist sculptor. Along with artists like Duane Hanson and John DeAndrea...
    Category

    2010s Realist Figurative Sculptures

    Materials

    Bronze, Gold Leaf

  • THE LAST DAYS OF NAPOLÉON BY
    Located in New Orleans, LA
    This highly evocative bronze by Vincenzo Vela captures the deposed Emperor Napoléon on his deathbed, holding a map of Europe and lost in thought about what might have been. Remarkable among most portrayals of the exiled leader, this highly detailed sculpture depicts Napoléon at his most vulnerable. Nonetheless, Vela perfectly captures his still-heroic bearing, which imparts to this work a monumental quality and quiet dignity. The mate to this figure is the colossal marble at the Musée du Château de Malmaison, which was shown at the Paris Salon of 1867. The founder of the verismo movement in Italy, Vela was one of the great exponents of realism in sculpture. Born in Ligornetto, Switzerland in 1820, he studied under celebrated sculptor, Benedetto Cacciatori. He was also influenced both by the work of Tuscan sculptor Lorenzo Bartolini, who seamlessly combined neoclassicism with naturalism and the romantic painting of Francesco Hayez...
    Category

    19th Century Realist Figurative Sculptures

    Materials

    Marble, Bronze

  • Kimiko
    By Gary Alsum
    Located in Loveland, CO
    Kimiko by Gary Alsum Bronze ed/7, 54x19x20", comes with 3" high, 24" diameter sandstone round base as pictured in the garden images. Young woman in traditional attire holding an fan. Ideal scale for a garden setting. ABOUT THE ARTIST: Taking the knowledge passed on from artists such as Fritz White, Glenna Goodacre...
    Category

    Early 2000s Realist Figurative Sculptures

    Materials

    Sandstone, Bronze

  • Torso in Drapery
    Located in Sempach, LU
    "Classical theme of a Greek art inspires me. I am a big fan of a Greek mythology, so I depict it often". This sculpture shows beautiful woman in wet fabrics that emphasize body curve...
    Category

    1980s Realist Figurative Sculptures

    Materials

    Stone, Bronze

Recently Viewed

View All