A young woman draped in the antique style lays a wreath of flowers on a column symbolizing an altar on which rests a flaming heart.
This sculpture takes up the great tradition of paintings by Jean-Marie Vien, or sculptures by Falconet, which this sculpture is closer to.
This sculpture is in the purest tradition of neo-classicism favoring the perfection of the line. This movement born under the influence of the sculptor Winckelmann, advocating a return to the virtue and simplicity of the antique after the excesses of the Baroque, gave birth to what was called "great taste". We swore by Antiquity.
There are very few Salvatore de Carlis works on the market. He learned his trade from Antonio Canova. He made a Venus for the court of Bavaria and a bust of the historian and theorist of neo-classicism: Johann Joachim Winckelmann which is today preserved in the Munich Glyptothek.
Bed: G. Hubert, sculpture in Napoleonic Italy, Paris, 1964
Salvatore de Carlis (Villamontagna near Trento 1785 after 1839 Rome)