Grand Tour Bronze of Spinario, After the Ancient Roman Original For Sale
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Grand Tour Bronze of Spinario, After the Ancient Roman Original

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A wonderful 'Grand Tour' cast of 'Spinaro', also known as 'The Boy with Thorn' with a foundry mark of R. Bellair & Co., Berlin. This foundry was known for its rich and luminous copper toned patina that gives the sculpture a life-like quality. After the Roman original in the Capitoline Museum. This small sculpture embodies two acts of concentration—that of the nude youth about to pull a thorn from his foot as quickly and painlessly as he can and that of the sculptor who has miniaturized an ancient bronze statue, the Spinario, one of most celebrated sculptures in the city of Rome. The Spinario has no known story. Instead, it was celebrated as a supremely beautiful representation of the human body in complex action. Renaissance artists such as Antico made exquisitely animated bronze versions of Roman statuary that were kept in his aristocratic patrons' studies. This piece would have be stored and displayed on a shelf above eye level, so it was designed to be seen from below. But it is also light enough to be taken down, examined more closely, turned in the hand, and even caressed.

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  • Condition Details
    Overall excellent with minor wear to the patina.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 9.25 in. x W 7 in. x D 5 in.H 23.5 cm x W 17.78 cm x D 12.7 cm
  • Seller Location
    Stamford, CT
  • Reference Number
    LU803012211703
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