Antique Brown Patinated Bronze Figure of Boy with Thorn Spinario 19th Century For Sale
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Antique Brown Patinated Bronze Figure of Boy with Thorn Spinario 19th Century

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This is a superb Italian Grand Tour School brown patinated bronze figure of the boy with thorn, also called Spinario, dating from the mid-19th century. This fine brown patinated bronze figure was made after the antique Greco-Roman Hellenistic bronze sculpture of Spinario, now in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome. The bronze features a naked boy seating on top of a rock and withdrawing a thorn from the sole of his foot. This high-quality bronze figure was produced by using the traditional "lost wax" process, otherwise known as the "cire perdue" method. The craftsmanship is second to none throughout all aspects of this charming sculpture which is sure to add an unparalleled touch of elegance to your home. Condition: In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation. Dimensions in cm: Height 23 x width 13 x depth 16 Dimensions in inches: Height 9.1 x width 5.1 x depth 6.3 The Grand Tour was the traditional trip of Europe undertaken by mainly upper-class European young men of means. The custom flourished from about 1660 until the advent of large-scale rail transit in the 1840s, and was associated with a standard itinerary. It served as an educational rite of passage. Though primarily associated with the British nobility and wealthy landed gentry, similar trips were made by wealthy young men of Protestant Northern European nations on the Continent, and from the second half of the 18th century some South American, U.S., and other overseas youth joined in. The tradition was extended to include more of the middle class after rail and steamship travel made the journey less of a burden. The primary value of the Grand Tour, it was believed, lay in the exposure both to the cultural legacy of classical antiquity and the Renaissance, and to the aristocratic and fashionably polite society of the European continent. In addition, it provided the only opportunity to view specific works of art, and possibly the only chance to hear certain music. A Grand Tour could last from several months to several years. It was commonly undertaken in the company of a knowledgeable guide or tutor. The Grand Tour not only provided a liberal education but allowed those who could afford it the opportunity to buy things otherwise unavailable at home, and it thus increased participants' prestige and standing. Grand Tourists would return with crates of art, books, pictures, sculpture, and items of culture, which would be displayed in libraries, cabinets, gardens, and drawing rooms, as well as the galleries built purposely for their display; The Grand Tour became a symbol of wealth and freedom.      

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  • Condition
    Good
  • Dimensions
    H 9.06 in. x W 5.12 in. x D 6.3 in.H 23 cm x W 13 cm x D 16 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    09492
  • Reference Number
    LU950614096211
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