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    Sale 2771

    The Sculpture Sale

    21 November 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 1024

    CAST AFTER THE ANTIQUE, PROBABLY NAPLES, LATE 19TH OR EARLY 20TH CENTURY

    Spinario (the thorn-puller)

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    CAST AFTER THE ANTIQUE, PROBABLY NAPLES, LATE 19TH OR EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    Spinario (the thorn-puller)
    The base later inscribed DALOU, mounted on a marble base
    dark brown patinated bronze
    21 cm. high overall


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    The Spinario is a Roman masterpiece of the late first century BC. One of the few large-scale bronze sculptures to survive from antiquity, it brilliantly captures the intense concentration of a boy extracting a thorn from his foot. Because of its rarity and perfection the statue has had a profound influence on artists over many centuries. First documented in the 12th century, the Spinario later became one of the ancient works of art that inspired the Italian Renaissance. It was among the first ancient sculptures to be copied and influenced leading painters and sculptors such as Luca Signorelli, Filippo Brunelleschi, Antico and many others. The Spinario continued to inspire artists throughout the 17th and 18th centuries when it became one of the 'must-see' items of the Grand Tour. Such was the statue's fame that in 1798 it formed part of the triumphal procession of great works of art sequestered by Napoleon for his new museum in Paris, only to be returned after his defeat.
    The Spinario is one of the iconic treasures of the Capitoline Museums in Rome.

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