European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
VenusMade in Italy, Europe
Adriano de Giovanni de’ Maestri, known as Adriano Fiorentino, Italian (active Florence), c. 1450-60, died before June 1499
1930-1-17Purchased with funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. George D. Widener from the Edmond Foulc Collection, 1930
LabelThis statuette is a rarity—a signed bronze from the early Renaissance. It is inscribed underneath in abbreviated Latin: HADRIANUS/ ME.F. (Adriano/ made/ me). Renowned for his skill as a sculptor and bronze caster, Adriano worked throughout Italy and traveled as far as Germany to work at the court of Saxony. This statuette is one of the earliest bronzes of a nude female figure; it is also a technological masterpiece, cast as a single solid piece weighing fifteen pounds.
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