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Callisto Fine Arts

Nicolò Roccatagliata (Genoa 1593-1629 Venice)
Bacchus and Ceres
H 41 cm each
Provenance: private collection, USA

The composition, the study of the anatomy, and the quality of the bronze suggest that these two bronzes are by Nicolò Roccatagliata, who was highly influenced by Jacopo Sansovino (1486-1570) during his career. Bacchus and Ceres demonstrate how, from one generation later, Roccatagliata still looked at Sansovino’s lesson, to which he added his personal Baroque taste. The size and the round base recall the original location of these two sculptures as crowning figures of andirons – i.e. elements surmounting an ornamental andiron composition, usually including harpies, vases, and animal representations.