C1880 French Bronze of Mercury after Giambologna
The original sculpture of this flying Mercury was produced by Giambologna in about 1580. Born in 1529 in what is now France (then Flanders) he moved to Italy in 1550. The Mannerist sculptor died in Florence in 1608. This sculpture originally decorated the Villa Medici in Rome, but after a few moves, finally settled in Florence's Bargello Museum in 1865. Our example is a late 19th century French example, attested to by the appellation "Jean de Boulogne", his birth name, rather than his more famous Italian designation. This sculpture stands on a rose marble cylindrical socle. There should be a caduceus in his right hand bit this, as often happens, has disappeared. 80 cm tall is quite impressive!
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