Stylistically and iconographically, the sculpture fits well within the sculptor's oeuvre as well as the period in which it was conceived. Compare the strands of hair with short curls to a figure on the left side of the monument to Guido Alberto in Santa Maria del Fiore a Lapo in Florence (op. cit., figs. 55 and 56); and further to an angel on the Monument to Henrietta Sanford (op. cit., fig. 34). The subject of Endymion Sleeping was particularly popular in Italy during the Neoclassical period, with Antonio Canova's The Sleeping Endymion (Sculpture Gallery, Chatsworth House) perhaps being the most famous example.
B. Matucci, Aristodemo Costoli, "Religiosa Poesia" nella scultura dell'ottocento, Florence, 2003
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