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Julius Caesar - Italy late 17th century
Julius Caesar - Italy late 17th century - Sculpture Style Julius Caesar - Italy late 17th century -
Ref : 77777
4 200 €
Period :
17th century
Provenance :
Italy
Medium :
Bronze
Dimensions :
l. 3.54 inch X H. 11.61 inch
Sculpture  - Julius Caesar - Italy late 17th century
Galerie Sismann

European old masters sculpture


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Julius Caesar - Italy late 17th century

This bronze represents a naked man, resting on his right leg, holding in his hand a baton of command. Under his nascent baldness and the individualized features of his face, is the portrait of Julius Caesar. The latter is here represented according to the ancient tradition of heroic nakedness, reflecting the ancient aristocratic ideal that "all that is beautiful is necessarily good", thus expressing the exceptional character of our man. This heroic nakedness is applied to the Roman generals and emperors very early (as evidenced by the Septimius Severus nude in bronze of the Archaeological Museum of Nicosia). It is then taken up by the bronzers of the Renaissance and the modern period who draw their inspiration from the ancient art and copy the carved masterpieces of this period. If our bronze is part of this legacy, it is nonetheless a very original creation, multiplying the references without ever copying one and the same old model. From an iconographic point of view, "the Roman Emperor to the heroic, holding in one hand a stick of command and presenting the other globe" adorning the gardens of the Palace of Versailles can be closer to our bronze, probably made in Italy in the late 17th or early 18th century.

Galerie Sismann

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Bronze Sculpture