A fine pair of white marble busts of a Man and Woman depicted as the Greek Lovers Meleager and Atalanta
A fine pair of white marble busts of a Man and Woman depicted as the Greek Lovers Meleager and Atalanta

A fine pair of white marble busts of a Man and Woman depicted as the Greek Lovers Meleager and Atalanta

1600 to 1800 Northern Europe

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A fine pair of white marble busts of a Man and Woman depicted as the Greek Lovers Meleager and Atalanta
Circle of Gabriel Grupello
Late 17th or early 18th Century

Size: 88cm high
Each on a turned stone socle, these attractive and very decorative
marble sculptures were once houses in a niche as evidenced by an iron
ring set into the reverse and by the rough finishing on the reserve of
each head.
They may well represent a pair of portraits commissioned on the
occasion of the sitters' betrothal or marriage. At this time it was a
popular fancy or conceit to have one's portrait sculpted in the guise
of ancient divines such as these lovers Meleager and Atalanta.
Gabriel Grupello 1644-1730 was a pupil of Artus Quellinus the Elder and
worked in several European centres, including Brussels and
Düsseldorf. The facial characteristics of these two busts compare
stylistically to several works by Grupello especially to that of a
full-length figure of Galatea by him in the park of the Palace at
Schwetzingen.
(Kultermann, op.cit., fig.63)
Dimensions
Height 88.00 cm (34.65 inches)
Medium
Marble
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