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Tiziano Aspetti, one of the most prominent sculptors in late sixteenth-century Venice, probably originally deed this small bronze statue of a nude male either as an andiron ornament or as one of a group of figures to be placed along a balustrade or in a collector's studio, known as a studiolo. In the s, the image of the nude male and the use of bronze were revived as Italian artists looked back to the culture of ancient Greece and Rome for inspiration. Though its subject is ancient, this work was conceived men nudes a thoroughly innovative style of expressionistic and dramatic movement.
In typical Mannerist style, the figure twists elegantly, revealing a play of shimmering effects on the surface as the light reflects off pronounced muscles. The figure's animated face, as if in mid-speech, was deed to engage the viewer, much as his pose encouraged the viewer to walk around the sculpture.
Unknown Collection, France Source: there is a French customs sticker on the object's base. Cyril Humphris, S. Londonsold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, Paul Getty Museum Journal 17pp.
Fusco, Peter. Summary Catalogue of European Sculpture in the J. Paul Getty Museum,p. Bassett, Jane, and Peggy Fogelman. Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum,pp. Trento: Castello del Buonconsiglio,p.
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The J. Paul Getty Museum. No Copyright - United States. Object Details. Object :. Object Description Tiziano Aspetti, one of the most prominent sculptors in late sixteenth-century Venice, probably originally deed this small bronze statue of a nude male either as an andiron ornament or as one of a group of figures to be placed along a balustrade or in a collector's studio, known as a studiolo. Provenance Provenance .
Bibliography "Due bronzi attribuiti a Tiziano Aspetti. Gilbert, J. Gibbon, A. Guide des bronzes de la renaissance italienne Paris,p.Men nudes
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