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Mars

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1587 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Giambologna (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze, lost-wax cast

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Dr W. L. Hildburgh FSA

  • Museum number:

    A.99-1956

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case 4

This statuette is cast of a model made by Giambologna in ca. 1587, but is probably cast later.
Born in Flanders Giovanni Bologna (1524-1608), or short Giambologna 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 in 1561 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. Copies and variations of his models were made long after his death in 1608.

Physical description

Mars is shown naked, bearded and facing left, his weight forward on the right leg and with a dagger.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)

Date

ca. 1587 (made)

Artist/maker

Giambologna (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze, lost-wax cast

Dimensions

Height: 40.7 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Statuette, bronze, Mars, after a model by Giambologna from ca. 1587, Italian (Florence), possibly cast later

Production Note

After a model by Giambologna

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Dagger

Categories

Access to Images; Images Online; Sculpture; Bronze; Myths & Legends

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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