1833 - 1914
signed and dated: SANTO SACCOMANNO fece 1892 GENOVA, and inscribed: ESTRADA FUSE / MILANO 1894
bronze, green brown patina, on a painted wood base
bronze: 174cm., 68½in.
base: 50 by 88 by 58cm., 19⅝ by 34⅝ by 22⅞in.
Overall the condition of the bronze is good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The bronze has a black patina but appears to have been outside for a time and so the patina has greened in a great. The bronze is cast in sections and original casting joints are slightly visible: including running down both legs and at the abdomen. There are a few small slightly visible original plugs. There are areas of wear to the surface, including to the proper right upper arm where there may have been a knock. There is a gash or large nick to below the proper left armpit. There are some minor pits to the surface of the bronze. Wear to the patina at some of the high points.
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This rare and impressive life-size bronze epitomises the realismo current in Italian sculpture at the close of the 19th century. Born and trained in Genoa, Santo Saccomanno was initially drawn to Romanticism before infusing his style with a realism referred to by Vicario as a 'virtuoisismo descrittivo'. Saccomanno established a reputation as an accomplished architectural and sepulchral sculptor, while also focusing on portraiture and historical or genre subjects. The present female nude may represent a mythological or legendary character, as is indicated by her nudity, antique jewellery, and the bow resting at her feet. Her dramatic expression and alarmed gesture are exemplary of Saccomano's descriptive talent.
V. Vicario, Gli Scultori Italiani dal Neoclassicismo al Liberty, vol. II, Lodi, 1994, pp. 936-937