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Italian, Padua, early 16th century


OIL LAMP IN THE FORM OF AN ACROBAT
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Italian, Padua, early 16th century


OIL LAMP IN THE FORM OF AN ACROBAT
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Italian, Padua, early 16th century


OIL LAMP IN THE FORM OF AN ACROBAT
bronze, on a wood base
bronze: 14.5cm., 5¾in.
base: 6.5cm., 2 1/2 in.
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來源

art market, Paris, 1913
private collection, Basel, by 1930

出版

L. Planiscig, Andrea Riccio, Vienna, 1927, pp. 180-182, pl. 200
L. Planiscig, Piccoli bronzi italiani del rinascimento, Milan, 1930, p. 19, pl. LXXVII
J. Bliss, 'A renaissance acrobat lamp by Andrea Riccio: its mistaken history as an ancient bronze', Source: notes in the history of art, XIV, 3, 1995

相關資料

This amusing oil-lamp shows a contortionist bent double with his head thrust between his legs. When lit, he would appear to be breathing fire from his bottom.

Other oil lamps of this composition are known and present two different means of support, either resting on a base or suspended from a loop. This is a particularly fine cast of the former type and it was illustrated by Planiscig in 1927 (op.cit.) mounted on a raptor’s talon, a form of mount usually associated with Severo Calzetta de Ravenna.

The earliest-recorded cast (loop-suspension type) was listed in an inventory taken in 1584 of statues belonging to Duke Alfonso II d’Este, as 'believed to be modern', i.e. not ancient Roman. However, by the late 18th century these oil lamps were frequently regarded as ancient bronzes. Bernard de Montfaucon, the French antiquarian, illustrated three of them (op.cit., pl. 152), remarking that 'the three following lamps on this plate…seem made to show either what the workman, or he who commanded the work, could possibly imagine most odd and extravagant, and do not want any further explanation.' A loop-suspension example in the Bargello, Florence, was drawn by Fragonard who later included it in the foreground of The Tribuna of the Uffizi Gallery, the celebrated depiction commissioned by Queen Charlotte of Great Britain and Ireland in 1772.

RELATED LITERATURE
B. de Montfaucon, L’antiquité expliquée et representée en figures, Paris 1719, V, II, pl. 152; G. Mariacher, Bronzetti veneti del rinascimento, Venice, 1971, pp. 29-30, no. 79

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