Tintoretto produced series of studies of a near-identical figure of Atlas, perhaps based on the wax model in his possession. All three of the aforementioned bronzes, including the present statuette, in fact appear to relate to a fragmentary wax model "after Michelangelo" in the Boymans-van Beuningan Museum in Rotterdam (van Binnebeke, op. cit., no. 60, pp. 186-187).
Hans R. Weihrauch, 'Italienische Bronzen als Vorbiler deitscher Goldschmiedekunst' in Studien zur Geschichte der Europäschen Plastik. Fesctschrift Theodor Müller, 19 April 1965, Munich;
Emile van Binnebeke, Sculpture from the 1500-1800 in the collection of the Boymans-van Beuningan Museum, Rotterdam, 1994, no. 60, pp. 186-187;
Volker Krahn, Bronzen der Renaissance und des Barock, Herzog-Anton Ulrich Museum, Braunschweig, 1994
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