PROPERTY FROM A GERMAN PRIVATE COLLECTION
Giovanni Pratesi, Florence, sold TEFAF Maastricht, 2002
The frolicking putti in this decorative set of reliefs clearly derive from François Duquesnoy's composition The bacchanale of the children in the Galleria Doria Pamphilj in Rome. Upon arrival in Rome in 1618 the Fleming Duquesnoy was impressed by reliefs of putti on antique sarcophagi. Together with artists such as Nicolas Poussin he cultivated a taste for these scenes of playful putti which would last until the 19th century. Casts of his most famous sculpture, the marble Bacchanale, became fixtures in many artist's studios and elements of it were widely used in their sculpture. Here the sculptor has adapted several specific figures from Duquesnoy's work into his own composition.
M. Boudon-Machuel, François du Quesnoy 1597-1643, Paris, 2005, pp. 277-78, no. œ.64b
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