This charming bronze represents a soldier of the Venetian infantry from the famous "Schiavoni" corps, also called "Oltramarini". This regiment of the Serenissima was made up of soldiers natives from "beyond the Sea", that is to say from distant regions under the domination of the Republic of Venice (Dalmatia, Albania, Ionian Islands). These soldiers of great fidelity were known for their picturesque appearances immortalized in 1589 under the brush of Cesare Vecellio, parent of Titian, in his work "Degli habiti antichi et moderni di diverse partie del mondo". Bearing splendid mustaches and small felt hats with feathers, they were armed as on our bronze with a heavy sword with large blade and a rifle without bayonet. Leaning on the latter, holding his tinderbox in his right hand, our soldier here wears an antic armor.
Produces in the workshops of Venetian founders, this work was created in the entourage of great local figures like Tiziano Aspetti or Girolamo Campagna who supplied bronze for the greatest collectors and amateurs of the city, of Padua, but also of Tuscany.