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    Sale 9152

    The Age of Elegance

    6 May 1999, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 34

    Donato Barcaglia (Italian, 1849-1930)

    Amore Accieca

    Price Realised  


    Donato Barcaglia (Italian, 1849-1930)
    Amore Accieca
    signed 'D. BARCAGLIA' (on base)
    56 in. (142.2 cm.) high

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    Barcaglia was renowned for his exceptional talent in depicting the female form in marble. The last vestiges of neo-classicism which influenced his early work were soon replaced by a personal form of verisimilitude. In Amore Accieca Barcaglia imbues this large marble with the crisp attention to detail and the emphasis on movement and technical virtuosity that established his reputation. The sensual swerving contra-posto leads the viewer around and up to the figure of the playful cupid.


    Anderson Gallery, New York.
    (aquired from the above by the present owner, circa 1950).


    V. Vicari, Gil Scultori Italiani dal Neoclassicismo al Liberty, Lodi, 1990, p. 50.
    A. Panzetta, Dizionario Degli Scultori Italiani Dell'Ottocento e del primo Novecento, Turin, 1994, p. 19.


    [Possibly] Florence, Esposizione Fiorentina, 1875.