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    Sale 2135

    Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture

    28 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 20

    A BRONZE FIGURE OF MARS

    ATTRIBUTED TO TIZIANO ASPETTI (1565-1607), LATE 16TH CENTURY, FORMERLY PART OF AN ANDIRON

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    A BRONZE FIGURE OF MARS
    ATTRIBUTED TO TIZIANO ASPETTI (1565-1607), LATE 16TH CENTURY, FORMERLY PART OF AN ANDIRON
    Depicted with his right arm raised, his left arm holding a shield and his left leg raised and standing on his helmet, on a brown marble socle, with a repair to right shoulder
    20 in. (50 cm.) high; 26 in. (65 cm.) high (overall)
    TRUESDELL COLLECTION


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    From the 1590s onwards, Tiziano Aspetti conceived a series of bronzes that, in various combinations, depicted a male and a female god or saint each surmounting an andiron. The earliest combinations depicted the figures of Vulcan and Venus, but by changing their attributes and costume, the pair could also have been a combination of Mars, Neptune and Mercury with either Venus, Minerva or Vigilance (Planiscig, loc. cit.). What remained consistent with each of these figures, however, was the overall form, which was of an exaggerated pose often in contrapposto and, depending on the subject matter, either clothed or naked and carrying an attribute. This is very much the case with the present lot, in which the figure of Mars is depicted in characteristic contrapposto and in full military garb. A very similarly modelled series of figures of Mars can be seen in the Museo Bottacin, Padua (Banzato and Pellegrini, loc. cit.).

    Provenance

    The Wilson Family, Yorkshire (by repute).
    with Cyril Humphris, London, 16 September 1964.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of Professor and Mrs. Clifford Ambrose Truesdell


    Literature

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
    L. Planiscig, Venezianische Bildhauer der Renaissance, Vienna, 1921, pls. 616-644.
    D. Banzato and F. Pellegrini, Bronzi e placchette dei Musei Civici di Padova, Padua, 1989, pp. 158-59, nos. 171-175.