AFTER DONATO DI NICCOLO DI BETTO BARDI, CALLED DONATELLO (CIRCA 1386-1466), ITALIAN, FLORENCE, 19TH CENTURY | AMOR-ATTIS
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 GBP
AFTER DONATO DI NICCOLO DI BETTO BARDI, CALLED DONATELLO (CIRCA 1386-1466)
ITALIAN, FLORENCE, 19TH CENTURY
bronze, dark brown and gilt patina, on a veined green marble base
bronze: 99cm., 39in.
base: 23cm., 9in.
Overall the condition of the bronze is good, with some wear and dirt to the surface consistent with age. There is wear to the patina throughout, including some flaking and surface scratching, including to the abdomen, proper left hip, both arms, and the proper left leg. There are some further minor nicks and scratches, including to the buttocks. Some losses to the gilt patina. Minor greening in areas such as the crevices of the hair.
There are chips and abrasions to the marble base, with more notable losses around the bottom.
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The original version of this enigmatic and compelling model by the great Renaissance sculptor Donatello is in the Museo del Bargello, Florence. Its iconography, whose precise meaning has not been resolved, appears to merge the Roman god of Love with the Phrygian god Attis.