An italian white mable figure of the young Michelangelo
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An italian white mable figure of the young Michelangelo

BY EMILIO ZOCCHI, CIRCA 1885

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An italian white mable figure of the young Michelangelo
By Emilio Zocchi, Circa 1885
Wearing a Renaissance outfit, sculpting a grotesque mask, seated on a rock, inscribed E. ZOCCHI behing his right foot, the front centred by a cartouche depicting the Medici coat-of-arms, on an octagonal revolving base inscribed MICHELANGELO to the front, above an acanthus spreading plinth, supported by an octagonal stepped column, centred to the front, back and sides by a figure of Michelangelo painting, drawing, designing and reading, on a stepped spreading base
The figure: 39¾ in. (101 cm.) high;
Overall: 72¾ in. (185 cm.) high
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Born in Florence in 1835, Emilio Zocchi studied under Torrini and Costalli. He sculpted busts, bas-reliefs and statuettes of Mythological, Classical and Renaissance figures.

Born near Florence in 1474, Michelangelo Buonarroti (d. 1564), better know by his first name, Michelangelo, was apprenticed to Ghirlandio and enjoyed the patronage of both Lorenzo de' Medici and the pope. A sculptor, painter, architect and poet, he is the leading artist of the High Renaissance. The rebuilding of St Peter's and the decoration of the Sistine Chapel, such as the Last Judgement on the east wall, assured him fame and honours. He is considered as the epitome of the artist as genius.
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