Lot 19
  • 19

Fernando Botero

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  • Fernando Botero
  • Donna Sdraiata
  • inscribed Botero, numbered AP 2/2 and stamped with the foundry mark Fonderia d’Arte del Chiaro Pietra Santa Lucca - Italy
  • bronze
  • 166 by 350 by 144cm.
  • 65 1/4 by 137 3/4 by 56 3/4 in.


Acquired directly from the artist by the present owners in 2013


Botero: Gente del Circo (exhibition catalogue), Venice, Galleria d’Arte Contini, 2009, p. 100-101 (illustration of another cast in colour)
Botero: Monumental Sculpture (exhibition catalogue), New York, Malborough Chelsea, 2010 (illustration of another cast in colour)

Catalogue Note

Fernando Botero’s Donna Sdraiata is a magnificent example of the sculptor’s celebrated female nudes. Botero first began working in bronze in 1976, but the artist had already established the style for which he is renowned – oversized figures with gently rounded forms – within his paintings as early as the 1950s. At the age of nineteen Botero glimpsed a book on the Italian Renaissance by Lionel Venturi, an event which was to prove pivotal for his future artistic development. Within this book was a reproduction of Piero della Francesca’s The Queen of Sheba Adoring the Holy Wood, which forms part of the fresco series The Legend of the True Cross, located in the Basilica of San Francesco in Arezzo, Italy. Botero later described the importance of this moment: ‘The frescoes opened my eyes, and Piero changed my life [...]. I saw it and thought it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I couldn’t believe it. I had never heard of Piero. The next day, I bought the book. That began my obsession with Italian art – the sensuality, the voluptuousness of the forms. And then I went to Italy to look at the work of Masaccio and Mantegna and Uccello and Veneziano and Michelangelo and all the others’ (quoted in an interview with Milton Esterow, ArtNews, January 2013, online resource).