Lot 14
  • 14


30,000 - 50,000 GBP
37,500 GBP
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  • Aristodemo Costoli
  • Sleeping Endymion
  • white marble
  • 117 by 80cm., 42 1/8  by 31 1/2 in.

Catalogue Note

Aristodemo Costoli studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, where he became rapidly successful. In the early 1820s he travelled to Rome to work on the Statue of Menoeceus, the Son of Creon, which was first exhibited in 1830 to great acclaim. According to archival research by Dr Elena Marconi, Costoli is recorded to have first modelled a plaster with the subject of the Sleeping Endymion during his time at the Accademia, and showed it at the institute's annual exhibition of 1825. Further correspondence between Costoli and the Academy indicates that he was hoping to obtain a block of high quality marble in order to sculpt the marble version of the Endymion. It also appears that Costoli already had a buyer interested in the marble, but unfortunately it is not known who his client was. 

Stylistically and iconographically, the sculpture fits well within the sculptor's oeuvre as well as the period in which it was conceived. Compare the strands of hair with short curls to a figure on the left side of the monument to Guido Alberto in Santa Maria del Fiore a Lapo in Florence (op. cit., figs. 55 and 56); and further to an angel on the Monument to Henrietta Sanford (op. cit., fig. 34). The subject of Endymion Sleeping was particularly popular in Italy during the Neoclassical period, with Antonio Canova's The Sleeping Endymion (Sculpture Gallery, Chatsworth House) perhaps being the most famous example. 

B. Matucci, Aristodemo Costoli, "Religiosa Poesia" nella scultura dell'ottocento, Florence, 2003

An expertise by Dr Elena Marconi is available from the department upon request