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19th & 20th Century Sculpture, including works from Cecil Howard’s Studio

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Luca Madrassi
1848-1919
FRENCH
CLYTIE TURNING INTO A SUNFLOWER 
signed: MADRASSI and inscribed with the story of Clytie: Clytie, amovrevse dv Soleil, / désespérée svivait l'Astre des yeux / dv matin jvsqves av soir..... / Phoebvs Apollon la metamorphosa en Tovrnesol.... / Ovide. LivIV
white marble
100cm, 39 3/8 in. 
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Catalogue Note

This expressive and finely carved marble shows the water nymph Clytie at the point of changing into a sunflower. The original myth in Ovid's Metamorphoses, referenced here on the base of the sculpture, had Clytie turning into a turnsole, or heliotrope, after mourning the loss of the love of the sun-god, Helios, for nine days. In representations of Clytie, particularly from the nineteenth century onwards, the turnsole was replaced by the more recognisable, and perhaps more romantic, sunflower. Probably the most famous representation of Clytie, formerly in the collection of Charles Townley, is a Roman bust now in the British Museum (inv. no. 1805,0703.79).

Luca Madrassi, although born in Italy, studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and assumed French nationality. Particularly known for his allegorical and genre sculpture, he exhibited in the Paris Salon from 1887.

RELATED LITERATURE
P. Kjellberg, Bronzes of the 19th Century, Dictionary of Sculptors, London, 1994, pp. 445-446; E. Bénézit, Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs, Gründ, 1999, vol. 8, p. 947

19th & 20th Century Sculpture, including works from Cecil Howard’s Studio

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London