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Plaster Cast of Seated Wild Boar after Roman Original

$5,902.09

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A striking representation of the famous "Uffizi" wild boar in patinated plaster - reputedly part of the plaster cast collection of antiquity sculpture at the Florence academy. The sculpture now housed in the Uffizi was found in Rome in 1556, on the slopes of the Esquiline hill, and, after an initial restoration, it was brought to Florence in 1568, together with two statues of Molossian Dogs, as a gift from Pope Pius IV to Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici, who initially had it placed at Pitti Palace. The extraordinary quality of the workmanship meant it was immediately defined as a “Greek boar”, even if it is more probably the work of an artist from the 2nd-1st century B.C., inspired by a Greek model in bronze from the Hellenistic period (300-200 B.C.), and most likely part of a group of statues with a hunting theme. With this sculpture, the artist shows that not only does he have a perfect familiarity with the appearance of a male adult boar (the long tusks from the restoration are now lost!), but that he is also perfectly aware of its natural behavior. In fact, the animal is captured in a totally realistic pose; the boar has been woken by the approach of the hunter and frightened, sits up on its front legs, sniffing the air. Works such as this one reflect the birth of a new interest in the animal kingdom, which, with the first bestiaries from 200-100 B.C. would lead to the first treatises on ethology.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 27.5 in. (69.85 cm)Width: 27.5 in. (69.85 cm)Depth: 13 in. (33.02 cm)
  • Style
    Classical Greek (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1870
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 578971stDibs: LU840120526272

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  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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