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Antique Italian Grand Tour Marble Sculpture after Michelangelo 19th Century

Antique Italian Grand Tour Marble Sculpture after Michelangelo 19th Century | Ref. no. 09188 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 09188
Price: £ 0.00
This is a beautiful 19th Century Italian Grand Tour white Carrara marble sculpture of the central part of the tomb of Giuliano de' Medici, by Michelangelo, circa 1840 in date.

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This is a beautiful 19th Century Italian Grand Tour white Carrara marble sculpture of the central part of the tomb of Giuliano de' Medici, by Michelangelo, circa 1840 in date.

The finely carved sculpture features a seated figure of Duke Giuliano de Medici after the original by Michelangelo. He is dressed in Roman armour holds coins in one hand as a gesture of intended gifts.

The attention to detail throughout this piece is second to none.

 

Condition:

In really excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.



Dimensions in cm:

Height 35 x Width 13 x Depth 15

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 2 inches x Width 5 inches x Depth 6 inches

Our reference: 09188

The pose of the central figure on the tomb of Giuliano de' Medici, arms resting at his sides and legs comfortably apart, and its open composition suggest a cheerful duke, generous in both mind and spirit. In fact, the figure holds in his hand several coins, as if an intended gift. Light plays freely on his beautiful face, yet the figure is lacking in energy and seems to wilt under the burden of the Roman armour. Michelangelo did not intend for this sculpture, nor that of Lorenzo, to be a recognizable portrait of the duke, but instead an ideological tribute through its enhanced beauty and dignity.

The Grand Tour was the traditional trip of Europe undertaken by mainly upper-class European young men of means. The custom flourished from about 1660 until the advent of large-scale rail transit in the 1840s, and was associated with a standard itinerary.

It served as an educational rite of passage. Though primarily associated with the British nobility and wealthy landed gentry, similar trips were made by wealthy young men of Protestant Northern European nations on the Continent, and from the second half of the 18th century some South American, U.S., and other overseas youth joined in. The tradition was extended to include more of the middle class after rail and steamship travel made the journey less of a burden.

The primary value of the Grand Tour, it was believed, lay in the exposure both to the cultural legacy of classical antiquity and the Renaissance, and to the aristocratic and fashionably polite society of the European continent. In addition, it provided the only opportunity to view specific works of art, and possibly the only chance to hear certain music. A grand tour could last from several months to several years. It was commonly undertaken in the company of a knowledgeable guide or tutor

The Grand Tour not only provided a liberal education but allowed those who could afford it the opportunity to buy things otherwise unavailable at home, and it thus increased participants' prestige and standing. Grand Tourists would return with crates of art, books, pictures, sculpture, and items of culture, which would be displayed in libraries, cabinets, gardens, and drawing rooms, as well as the galleries built purposely for their display; The Grand Tour became a symbol of wealth and freedom.
 
Carrara marble - is a type of white or blue-grey marble popular for use in sculpture and building decor. It is quarried at the city of Carrara in the province of Massa-Carrara (Tuscany, Italy).

Carrara marble has been used since the time of Ancient Rome; the Pantheon and Trajan's Column in Rome are constructed of it. Many sculptures of the Renaissance, such as Michelangelo's David, were carved from Carrara marble. For Michelangelo at least, Carrara marble was valued above all other stone, except perhaps that of his own quarry in Pietrasanta. The Marble Arch in London and the Duomo di Siena are also made from this stone, as are the interiors of Manila Cathedral, the cold-white marbles of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the campus of Harvard Medical School.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 35 x Width 13 x Depth 15

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 2 inches x Width 5 inches x Depth 6 inches

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