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Bertos did on occasion sign his works but he never dated them therefore a chronology of his work is difficult to establish. The present group shows Neptune, the god of the sea, his foot placed on a dolphin, and clutching Amphitrite, a sea-nymph who became his wife. Comparatives are easy to find in Bertos’ oeuvre, in particular he represented both Neptune and Amphitrite within a larger group of figures in the marble group Water (private collection, see Avery, n. 57, p. 188). Neptune’s features are similar, including the forked beard and slim muscular body while Amphitrite recalls the female figure on the group representing Autumn (Turin, Palazzo Reale, see Avery, cat. 46, p. 182), in both her facial and body type.
- C. Avery, The triumph of motion, Francesco Bertos (1678-1741) and the art of sculpture, Turin, 2008
|Height||82.00 cm||(32.28 inches)|