Rare fountain mascaron with marble grotesque representing a satyr, Rome or Florence, 16th century period.
Characterized by an incisive and spectacular sculptural depth, perceptible in the smallest details, the Satyr looks at us with frowning eyebrows, his mouth open in an ironic smile, his gaze hypnotic, almost mocking; 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, 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 the parks with its "caves", in the gardens and squares of Renaissance cities.
After the discovery of the Domus Aurea in Rome, these "fantastic" pictorial and mannerist models were in vogue until the first decades of the 17th century. Many were the masks used at the time above the portals of palaces and adorned and formed the mouths of private fountains, but also public aqueducts. Some examples of these wonders are present in many places in Italy, including Genoa, Florence, Rome, Spoleto, etc. . , whose protagonists were the designs 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.
It is luck that this mask has spent its entire life in an interior environment, like the mouth of a fountain in a noble villa, which has miraculously preserved it.
H cm 16
W cm 13
D cm 6
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