RAFAELLO BATTELLI, AFTER THE ANTIQUE
late 19th/ early 20th Century
signed: R. Battelli
88 by 53cm., 34⅝ by 20⅞in.
Overall the condition of the marble is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are several naturally occurring inclusions to the marble, notably to the back, the abdomen, proper right thigh, the proper left knee, and the base, some of which have been filled. There are a few minor dirt marks and abrasions to the hair. There are a few chips, notably around the base.
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In the Annuario d'Italia of 1896 (op. cit. p. 1575), Rafaello Battelli is recorded as one of the 'scultori in marmo' living in the District of Lucca. He appears to have produced marbles after the antique and some genre sculptures.
Several versions exist of the Roman statue of Aphrodite, known as the Crouching Venus, after a Hellenistic original. Perhaps the most famous example was part of the Gonzaga collection in Mantua and purchased by Charles I of England. After the dispersal of Charles' art collection, it was briefly owned by Sir Peter Lely, and then re-acquired by the Royal Collection (inv. no. RCIN 69746).
Annuario d'Italia, 1896, Anno XI, Calendario Generale del Regno, Anno 34, p. 1575