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Statuette - A Horse rearing

A Horse rearing

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Rome (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Giambologna (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This statuette of a horse is made in the style of Giambologna, in Rome, probably in the 18th century.

Giambologna (ca. 1524-1608) (Giovanni Bologna) was born in Flanders and went to Rome to study antique sculpture from about 1550 to 1553. He then travelled through Florence where he was persuaded to stay. He became sculptor to the Medici family and thus became one of the most influential sculptors of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. He drew attention to many artists from Northern Europe and disseminated his style mainly through small bronzes. He established an efficient and large workshop.

Physical description

The horse, which has a small head, ragged short mane and thin tail, stands on its hind legs; there is a tree-trunk support under the breast. The type is imitated from the antique.

Place of Origin

Rome (made)


18th century (made)


Giambologna (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 31.5 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Statuette, bronze, A horse rearing, in the style of Giambologna and after an antique, Italy, (Rome), probably 18th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 13

Production Note

probably 18th century



Subjects depicted





Sculpture Collection

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