ITALIAN, POSSIBLY TUSCANY, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY
THREE FEMALE FIGURES ALLEGORICAL OF VIRTUES
Virtue with pleated hair: 87cm., 34¼in.
Virtue with mirror and book: 86.5cm., 34in.
Virtue with amphorae: 85cm., 33½in.
Overall the condition of the marbles is good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age and function. The figures will have come from an architectural scheme and will have been against a wall. As such, the backs have been left roughed out. There is an orange colour to the marbles in areas, particularly to the heads and shoulders. There are brown and yellowish residues, in particular to some of the crevices. Various splashes of dirt and residue. The finger’s of the proper right hand of the Virtue with pleated hair are lost, and there is a loss to her proper left little finger. There are some cement plaster residues, in particular to the drapery of the Virtue with a mirror. There are various chips, including to the Virtue with mirror’s shoulder, and to the sides and corners of the bases. Two Virtues have holes in the back for mounting.
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This beautifully carved set of personifications of Virtues recalls Tuscan sculpture from the middle decades of the 16th century. Compare, for example, with a number of religious figures attributed to Francesco and Bernardino del Mastro, including the St Lucy and the Magdalene in the duomo of Sant'Andrea in Carrara, published in C. Rapetti, Storie di marmo: Sculture del Rinascimento fra Liguria e Toscana, Milan, 1998, pp. 293-295, nos. 132 and 133. These figures, executed from 1538, exhibit similarly heavy pleated drapery and almond shaped eyes. The attribute of the mirror and the headdresses may nonetheless suggest a date in the second half of the 16th century.