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Lamp

ca. 1500-1550 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This bronze lamp, mounted on an eagle's claw is made in the workshop of Severo da Ravenna in Padua or Ravenna in the first half of the 16th century.

The lamp is the head of a satyr with foliated beard and eyebrows, whose mouth forms the burner; a hinged cover to the oil hole is on the crown.

This lamp is of a well known type, derived from the antique, but more carefully finished than is usual.

Severo da Ravenna or Severo di Domenico Calzetta da Ravenna was an Italian sculptor, active ca 1496, who died ca. 1543. His father was probably a sculptor and he may have been related to the two painters of the same name working in the circle of Mantegna in Padua: Pietro Calzetta and Francesco Calzetta. Severo might have divided his time between Padua, Ferrara and Ravenna, where he was first recorded in 1496.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Bronze
Brief description
Bronze lamp, by Severo da Ravenna, Italian, about 1500-1550
Physical description
Bronze lamp mounted on eagle's claw. The head of a satyr with foliated beard and eyebrows, whose mouth forms the burner; a hinged cover to the oil hole is on the crown.
Dimensions
  • Height: 21.3cm
  • Width: 14.9cm
  • Diameter: 18.7cm
Historical context
This lamp is of a well known type, derived from the antique, but more carefully finished than is usual.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This bronze lamp, mounted on an eagle's claw is made in the workshop of Severo da Ravenna in Padua or Ravenna in the first half of the 16th century.

The lamp is the head of a satyr with foliated beard and eyebrows, whose mouth forms the burner; a hinged cover to the oil hole is on the crown.

This lamp is of a well known type, derived from the antique, but more carefully finished than is usual.

Severo da Ravenna or Severo di Domenico Calzetta da Ravenna was an Italian sculptor, active ca 1496, who died ca. 1543. His father was probably a sculptor and he may have been related to the two painters of the same name working in the circle of Mantegna in Padua: Pietro Calzetta and Francesco Calzetta. Severo might have divided his time between Padua, Ferrara and Ravenna, where he was first recorded in 1496.
Bibliographic references
  • Fortnum, Charles Drury Edward.A descriptive catalogue of the bronzes of European origin in the South Kensington Museum. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode and sold by Chapman & Hall, 1876, p.166.
  • Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1857. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 23.
Collection
Accession number
4284-1857

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Record createdDecember 15, 2003
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