AFTER ANDREA BRIOSCO, CALLED RICCIO (1470-1532)
ITALIAN OR FRENCH, LATE 19TH CENTURY
Overall the condition of the bronze is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are some minor nicks and scratches to the surface in areas. There appears to be an original casting fissure to the centre of the base at the back. There is wear to the underside of the base, in particular at the corners. There is minor rubbing to the bronze at the high points. There is particular dirt in the crevices, including to the lyre.
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After the celebrated bronze by Riccio in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no. OA 9115), see D. Allen and P. Motture, Andrea Riccio: Renaissance Master of Bronze, exh. cat. The Frick Collection, New York, 2009, pp. 222-227, no. 20. Given the original model's location in Paris from 1858, the present cast may have been made in the Spitzer workshop, like aftercasts of the Shouting Horseman (see ibid., p. 218).