Lot 945
  • 945

An Italian white marble écorché bust of a male, signed Carmine Genua F. Roma, 1882

Estimate
15,000 - 25,000 USD
Sold
32,500 USD
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Description

  • signed at base above circular socle
  • marble
carved to show the skin removed, revealing the musculature, veins, tendons and vessels, with two flies perched on his head

Catalogue Note

Carmine Genua was a Sicilian artist active in Rome.  The date on this bust shows it to be one of his earliest works; he is recorded exhibiting in Milan in 1881 and 1883, and the latter could certainly have included this piece.  In 1888 he did a bust of Garibaldi, in 1889 he showed a figure of "Youth" and two portraits in Rome, and he carved two busts of politicians for the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament.  Genua was known for portraits and funerary monuments, two currents that come together in the offered work.
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