ITALIAN, ROME, 17TH CENTURY | HEAD OF A BOY OR ANGEL
12,000 - 18,000 GBP
ITALIAN, ROME, 17TH CENTURY
HEAD OF A BOY OR ANGEL
marble, on a rouge griotte marble base
bust: 37cm., 14½in.
base: 16cm., 6¼in.
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Overall the condition of the marble is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are natural inclusions to the marble including at the chest and neck on the proper left side and to the proper left cheek. Various minor specks of dirt and paint. There are minor abrasions to the edges. Plaster residues to the back. The socle is associated and there is minor wear including minor abrasions to the edges.
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Distinguished private Italian collection
This beautiful marble head of an angel recalls the work of the greatest Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680). The ecstatic facial type with tilted neck, wide open eyes, parted lips and fulsome cheeks, recall Bernini's famous group Truth Unveiled in Villa Borghese, Rome (inv. no. CCLCCVII). The present marble is beautifully carved, note the curling locks of hair and the finely polished surface of the flesh. It was surely executed by a skilled sculptor possibly of some importance. Given the closeness to Bernini it seems plausible that it may be the work of one of his students or a talented sculptor active in his wake. Compare, for example, with Ercole Ferrata's Angel with a Cross from the Ponte Sant'Angelo in Rome.
O. Ferrari and S. Papaldo, Le sculture del Seicento a Roma, Rome, 1999, p. 459; A. Bacchi and A. Coliva, Bernini, exh. cat. Galleria Borghese, 2017, pp. 268-271, no. VIII.3