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Circle of Juan de Bolonia, 16th-17th century

Auction Lot 35312578
Circle of JUAN DE BOLOGNA (Douai, Flanders, 1529 – Florence, 1608) –GIAMBOLOGNA.
"Piety".
Ormolu.
Provenance: Important Spanish private collection.
Measures: 19 x 13 x 1cm.

Estimated Value : 7,000 - 9,000 €
End of Auction: 06 Jun 2023 18:42
Remaining time: 2023-06-06 18:42:00 GMT+02:00
Next bid: 2500

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DESCRIPTION

Circle of JOHN OF BOLOGNA (Douai, Flanders, 1529 - Florence, 1608) -GIAMBOLOGNA.
"Pietà".
Gilded bronze.
Provenance: Important Spanish private collection.
Measurements: 19 x 13 x 1 cm.
The piece is characterised by the subtlety of the Italian school, where the treatment of the delicate faces and the spatial conception reveal the great mastery of the author who also shows a strong inspiration in the work of Michelangelo, which can be observed through the treatment of the monumental volume of the body of Christ. The last plane of the piece has been worked with the "schiacciato" technique, a system of modelling in sculptural relief used by the Romans and perfected in the 15th century by Donatello, which consists of proportionally reducing the volume of the relief according to the depth to be represented. This sculptural technique makes it possible to create a bas-relief with a minimal variation (sometimes referred to in millimetres) with respect to the background. In order to give the viewer the illusion of depth, the gradual decrease in the depth of the thickness is complemented by the rigorous application of the laws of perspective, which enhances the visual effect.
Giambologna was born in Douai, Flanders, in 1529. After youthful studies in Antwerp with the architect-sculptor Jacques du Broeucq, he moved to Italy in 1550 and studied in Rome, making a detailed study of the sculpture of classical antiquity. He was also greatly influenced by Michelangelo, but developed his own mannerist style, perhaps with less emphasis on emotion and more attention to refined surfaces, cool elegance and beauty. Pope Pius IV gave Giambologna his first major commission, the colossal bronze Neptune and subsidiary figures for the Fountain of Neptune in Bologna. Giambologna spent his most productive years in Florence, where he had settled in 1553. In 1563 he was appointed a member of the prestigious Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, newly founded by Duke Cosimo I de Medici. The Medici had never allowed him to leave Florence, as they rightly feared that the Austrian or Spanish Habsburgs would lure him into permanent employment.

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Procedencia: Importante colección privada española.

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