97
97
Attributed to Giuseppe Maria Mazza (1653-1741)
Italian, Bologna, circa 1700
BUST OF ST DOMINIC
Estimate
15,00020,000
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97
Attributed to Giuseppe Maria Mazza (1653-1741)
Italian, Bologna, circa 1700
BUST OF ST DOMINIC
Estimate
15,00020,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Attributed to Giuseppe Maria Mazza (1653-1741)
Italian, Bologna, circa 1700
BUST OF ST DOMINIC

Catalogue Note

Few busts possess the quiet solemnity and presence seen in this moving portrait of St Dominic. The sensitivity of the modelling and the elegant folds of drapery support an attribution to the leading early 18th-century Bolognese sculptor Giuseppe Maria Mazza. Compare the hood with the veil worn by the Virgin in the published Madonna and Child group by Mazza sold in these rooms on 3 December 2014, lot 93. Also note the similarly incised eyes. The identity of the bust as St Dominic is affirmed by the presence of a star to his forehead, which references a story from the saint's infancy when his grandmother saw a star on his forehead during his baptism. The subject of the bust strengthens the attribution to Mazza, since St Dominic's tomb is famously situated in Bologna.

Giuseppe Maria Mazza initially trained as a painter under Domenico Maria Canuti and Giovanni Gioseffo del Sole. He appears to have made the transition to sculpture under the latter's tutelage, and, in circa 1670, moved to Venice for a year where he burnished his reputation as a stucco worker. The arrival of John Adam Andreas, Prince of Liechtenstein, in Bologna in 1692 marked an important turning point in the sculptor's career as he was asked to complete a number of over life-size marble busts, which remain in the Princely Collections, Vaduz. Mazza established his reputation as the foremost Bolognese sculptor of his generation with his now destroyed Madonna of the Mystery of the Rosary for Bologna's church of Corpus Domini (1693). His greatest works are the series of bronze reliefs illustrating the life of the Bolognese St Dominic for the church of SS Giovanni e Paolo, Venice (circa 1717-1720), which exhibit the sculptor's characteristic classicising, tempered, late Baroque style.

Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art Including Highlights from the Reinhold Hofstätter Collection

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London