Rare Renaissance grotesque mask in red marble from Verona, Italy, 16th century.
Characterized by an incisive and spectacular sculptural depth, perceptible in the smallest details, this mask, ready to welcome water, looks at us with furrowed brows, wide open mouth, hypnotic, almost mocking gaze; these "apotropaic" characters (from the Greek: apotrepo, to remove) had, not only an aesthetic value, but also an almost superstitious function, that is to say that they were able to reject any evil spirit to ward off adversity and negativity, therefore, users were part of a world full of mystery and magic that hovered in parks with its "caves", in the gardens and squares of Renaissance towns.
After the discovery of the Domus Aurea in Rome, these “fantastic” pictorial and mannerist models were in vogue until the end of the 16th century and the first decades of the 17th century. Many were the masks used at the time above the portals of the palaces and adorned and constituted the mouths of private fountains, but also of public aqueducts. Some examples of these wonders are present in many places in Italy including Genoa, Florence, Rome, Spoleto, etc. . , whose protagonists were the drawings of artists, such as, (to name a few), Andrea di Michelangelo Ferrucci, Gian Giacomo Della Porta, Bernardo Buontalenti and made by excellent sculptors, such as, for example , Leonardo Sormani.
H cm 22
W cm 18
D cm 10
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