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Statuette - Saturn devouring one of his children
  • Saturn devouring one of his children
    Francavilla, Pietro, born 1548 - died 1615
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Saturn devouring one of his children

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Francavilla, Pietro, born 1548 - died 1615 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Dr W. L. Hildburgh FSA

  • Museum number:

    A.36-1956

  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 10B, The Parasol Foundation Trust Study Area, case 1, shelf 2 []

Francavilla was a Flemish artist from a noble family. He worked as an assistant to Giambologna, then the most celebrated sculptor in Europe, in the production of large marble groups. This bronze illustrates the story from Greek mythology in which Saturn devoured his own children so they could not usurp him.

Physical description

Bronze statuette of a bearded Saturn, who holds the child in his left hand, upside down. The statuette is on an ornate base of bronze with decoration in gilt.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1600 (made)

Artist/maker

Francavilla, Pietro, born 1548 - died 1615 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Height: 50.5 cm, Weight: 11 kg

Object history note

Given by Dr. W. L. Hildburgh, F. S. A., 1956.

Historical significance: After a lost marble by Pierre de Francqueville, called Francavilla.

Descriptive line

Statuette, bronze, Saturn devouring one of his children, after Francavilla, French, ca. 1600

Production Note

After a lost marble by Pierre de Francqueville, called Francavilla

Materials

Bronze

Techniques

Casting

Categories

Sculpture; Bronze; Myths & Legends

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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