19th Century Bronze Of Niobe (School Of Francesco da Sant'Agata)

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A well patinated 19th century Grand Tour bronze of Niobe, after Francesco da Sant'Agata (documented in Padua 1491-1528).

The iconography of this bronze figure refers to the myth of Niobe, the daughter of Tantalus, who was punished for her arrogance. As the mother of twelve children, Niobe boasted of being more fertile than Leto, the divine mother of only two offspring: the twins Artemis and Apollo. In response to this insult, the goddess assigned her children to kill Niobe's unfortunate children with bows and arrows.

This bronze figurine depicts Niobe in a desperate state, raising her arms to the sky, providing a captivating representation of a female subject. Francesco da Sant'Agata was a sculptor and goldsmith active at the turn of 15th and 16th centuries in Padua. Examples of his Niobe sculptures are housed in the Bode Museum in Berlin and in the Wallace Collection in London. 


Height: 29cm

Width of base: 7.5cm

Depth of base: 7.5cm

Weight: 2.05kg



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