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Virtue Triumphant Over Vice
Virtue Triumphant Over Vice - Sculpture Style Virtue Triumphant Over Vice - Virtue Triumphant Over Vice -
Ref : 104175
4 200 €
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19th century
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H. 12.99 inch
Sculpture  - Virtue Triumphant Over Vice 19th century - Virtue Triumphant Over Vice
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Virtue Triumphant Over Vice

Italian, 19th Century

Virtue Triumphant over Vice is a miniature version of Giovanni Bologna's marble group Florence Triumphant over Pisa, which was commissioned in 1565 by Francesco de' Medici as a companion to Michelangelo's earlier marble statue of Victory. Only a few years before accepting the challenge to provide a pendant to the Victory, Giovanni had carved another marble group, Samson Slaying a Philistine, which also, of course, demanded comparison with Michelangelo and his earlier project for the same subject.

Although Giovanni Bologna took inspiration for Florence Triumphant over Pisa from Michelangelo's powerfully kinetic sculpture groups, he transmuted their energies into a purely aesthetic arrangement of cool yet sensuous nudes, harmoniously composed. Like its marble source, Soldani's bronze is designed to be viewed from all sides; but unlike the Samson and Two Philistines after Michelangelo, which drives the viewer into continuous motion, the views of the marble and of Soldani's bronze are composed serially in a sequence of frozen facets, suavely connected but each perfect and satisfying as a design in itself. The bronze was produced in several slightly differing models and is known by various titles: Virtue Triumphant over Vice; Honor Overcoming Falsehood; and Beauty Chaining Strength. The precise subject was secondary because, as one of Soldani's princely patrons explained to another sculptor, what mattered was not the subject but that the work should consist of "belli nudi e belle idee."

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