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Column And Sphere In Scagliola - Rome, Nineteenth Century
Column And Sphere In Scagliola - Rome, Nineteenth Century - Decorative Objects Style Empire
Ref : 76809
1 450 €
Period :
19th century
Provenance :
Italy
Medium :
Stucco
Dimensions :
l. 4.72 inch X H. 20.47 inch
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Column And Sphere In Scagliola - Rome, Nineteenth Century

This elegant column crowned with an independent sphere brings up to date the Roman technique of scagliola. This technique of stucco to imitate marble became very fashionable in the seventeenth century while it appears as an excellent substitute for costly marble inlays workshops hard of the Medici family. In the nineteenth century, it experienced a revival of interest among lovers of ancient and neoclassical art. This curious column motif surmounted by a sphere meets a certain success among humanists since the Renaissance. It would represents the conjunction of Virtue (the column) and Fortune (one of the main attributes of which is the sphere). In Latin, "the notion of virtus enters into a relationship with fortuna, luck: courage and luck represent the two factors that must contribute to victory ... But whereas originally the two notions appear as complementary and equally necessary to reach success, Stoicism has rendered them antithetical.  The sage can not rely on fortuna, a capricious and uncontrolled power that unpredictably overthrows seemingly best-assured human situations, and he must warn against it by accepting with the same indifference the highest or the lowest destinies, the virtus represents the principle of this acceptance. " Our work is a support for these meditations as well as a tribute to this famous humanist motif.

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Pedestal Stand Empire