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The statue was most probably made by the studio of Francesco Bordoni, son in law of Pietro Francavilla. Their distinctive style is often dubbed mannerist, a style fathered by Giambologna. The style grafts an instinctive appreciation of the formal aspect of Michelangelo’s sculpture on to a thorough reappraisal of Graeco-Roman statuary. It soon became popular all over Europe owing mainly to the export of Giambologna’s bronze statuettes but also thanks to his numerous students (like Francavilla) many of whom after having worked as an assistant to the master in his prolific studio, returned to their home countries or other parts of Europe often to become celebrated sculptors in their own right, never completely abandoning the distinct style of the revered Giambologna.
The head has an irrefutable mannerist appearance as do the vast majority of Francavilla’s/Bordoni’s statues who kept on using it in his statues in France because he had found a ready and profitable market for it.
|Height||27.00 cm||(10.63 inches)|