This reliquary bust is a precious testimony of the sacred terracotta images of the first Italian Renaissance, which once inhabited the churches and private homes of the peninsula.
Dressed in a fine tunic with a crumpled collar, our young saint presents herself with her head slightly three-quarter length, wearing a long hair gathered at the back in a loose half-bun, held on the top of her head by a fine antique ribbon. Two long locks escape from the set and slide down to her shoulders. At the center of her chest is an ornate cavity that once housed the saint's relics. Her small and youthful face is marked by two very drawn almond eyes. Our sculptor has carefully signified the irises, giving this look a thrilling force that maintains a sacred tension around our bust. This type of facies, tightened in its longitudinal axis but extended in its upper transverse part, marked by an expressive gaze, a fine straight nose and a small mouth with a fleshy upper lip, is reminiscent of those implemented in the terracotta of Andrea Brisco, called Riccio, main protagonist of the paduan sculpture in the second half of the 15th century. At the head of an important workshop, his style spread thanks to his followers throughout northern Italy. Our reliquary bust attests the triumph of his manner and the certain influence that it exerted on the sculptors of Veneto until the middle of the 16th century.
With piedouche : H. 49 cm.
25 000 €