Renaissance Sculpture "La Virtù e il Vizio" by Giambologna produced by R. Ginori For Sale
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Renaissance Sculpture "La Virtù e il Vizio" by Giambologna produced by R. Ginori

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Now in the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, the large marble group depicting Firenze trionfante su Pisa was sculpted by Giambologna, in collaboration with Pietro Francavilla, to make a pendant for the Victory sculpted by Michelangelo in 1565 on the occasion of the marriage of Francesco de’ Medici to Joanna of Austria. The version in biscuit proposed by the Manufactory originated from a model made by the late-Baroque Florentine sculptor Massimiliano Soldani Benzi, the moulds and some of the models of which were sold by his son Ferdinando to Marquis Carlo Ginori in circa 1740. Some well-known bronzes made from this model can be traced to Soldani Benzi, who made bronze copies of ancient statuary for scholars and travellers on the Grand Tour, as well as statues such as those he describes to Prince Johann Adam Andreas I of Liechtenstein, between 1701 and 1707: “half an arm high, partly nude, partly clothed, that are exact copies of the most famous statues to be found in this city [Florence].” In the ‘Manufactory’s Inventory of Models’, undertaken between 1780 and 1791, this group is described as “Virtue Oppressing Vice. The original is in the Salon of the Palazzo Vecchio [...]”, without any reference to Giambologna’s work; this is possible because, on one hand, the work shows variations compared to Giambologna’s 16th century marble sculpture, while on the other, it derives from the abovementioned work by Soldani depicting Virtue Triumphant over Vice. Richard Ginori has been making a porcelain version of this group since the end of the 18th century, as shown in the example now in the Detroit Institute of Arts. Its success, like that of Ratto delle Sabine and Centauro e Deianira, suggests that the Manufactory continued to produce this piece during the 19th century too, although we have no evidence of this.

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    New
  • Dimensions
    H 11.03 in. x W 5.91 in. x D 4.34 in.H 28 cm x W 15 cm x D 11 cm
  • Seller Location
    Milan, IT
  • Reference Number
    LU3513312002031
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