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The triumph is expressed by a gesture of physical dominance. The female, representing Florence, overpowers the cowering, chained male figure below, representing Pisa, by placing her knee on his back. The closely interwoven figures create a spiraling pyramidal composition for which the Mannerist master, Giambologna, was celebrated.
Soldani's bronze was among the twelve copies of the most famous statues of Florence that the sculptor offered to Prince Johann Adam of Liechtenstein in 1706. Other casts are known including a version by Soldani, with a different base, in the Frick Collection, New York.
Charles Avery, 'Soldani's Small Bronze Statuettes after 'Old Master' Sculpture in Florence' in Kunst des Barock in der Toskana, Munich, 1976, pp. 165-172;
C. Avery, Giambologna - The Complete Sculpture, Oxford, 1987, no. 17, p. 25;
Laura Camins, Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Abbott Guggenheim Collection, exhibition catalogue, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 3 Mar. – 11 Sep. 1988, nos. 37 and 109-111;
M. Schwartz, ed., European Sculpture from the Abbott Guggenheim Collection, New York, 2008, pp. 112-113, no. 35
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