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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
Caduceus now missing
Remains of brown lacquer under a greenish black patina
Standing on a modern green serpentine base
Mid 18th Century
Size: 48cm high - 19cm high / 70.5cm high - 27¾ ins high (with base)
In the famous old master painting ‘The Art Gallery of Cornelis Van Der Geest’ by William van Haecut a whole collection of bronze statuettes after models by Giambologna can be seen on the hexagonal table in the foreground. As Giambologna became well known throughout Europe every collector wanted an example of his exceptional work, and for generations to come Giambologna remained a ‘classic of sculpture’. Casts continued to be made from his models on a scale exceeding that of any sculptor before or after him. This particularly fine model dates from the mid 18th century.