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19th & 20th Century Sculpture

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Gaetano Manfredini
1800-1870
ITALIAN
BACCHANAL
signed: Gaetano Manfredini
white marble, on an ebonised wood base
marble: 148cm., 58 1/4 in.
base: 100cm., 39 3/8 in. 
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Catalogue Note

Gaetano Manfredini was the eldest son of Luigi, himself a sculptor, medallist, and founder, and was therefore at first trained by his father. He later studied at the Accademia di Brera in Milan. Under the tutelage of Camillo Pacetto, he developed a particular affinity for Roman Neoclassical sculpture. Having first exhibited at the Accademia in 1827 with a statue of Flora, he subsequently received several important commissions, including figures for funerary monuments in Santa Croce in Florence and the Duomo in Milan. However, besides these serious works, Manfredini also established a reputation for the creating of more frivolous, small scale groups of putti in various positions. The present group, with its elaborate display of a Bacchanal, epitomises his skill as a sculptor with these type of groups. A similar marble group is illustrated in Panzetta (op. cit., p. 606, fig. 1117)

RELATED LITERATURE
A. Panzetta, Nuovo Dizionario degli Scultori Italiani dell'Ottocento e del Primo Novecento, Turin, 2003, vol. 2, p. 565, 606, fig. 1117

19th & 20th Century Sculpture

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