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Allegory of Autumn Venetian Sculptor


Venetian Sculptor second half of the 16th century

Culture Italian
Date end of the 16th century
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique bronze

42 × 16.5 × 15 cm

Inventory number 84.11
Collection Sculpture
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Ground Floor, Baroque Hall

The pair of sculptures, identified as allegories of Spring (see also inv. 84.12) and Autumn, may have been made in the last period of Venetian mannerism. Spring, the wreathed female figure holding a bouquet in her left hand, resting her leg on a bunch of flowers, has been attributed to Alessandro Vittoria (1525–1608) and Girolamo Campagna (1549 – ca. 1625) as well. It is an innovative variant of Peace, a small bronze of which many copies have survived. Some of these copies are attributed to Tiziano Aspetti (ca. 1559 – 1606). The pair of sculptures in Budapest is also more reminiscent of Aspetti’s works, considering the lively composition, the elegant hand posture, and the drapery emphasising the body shape. Autumn, a bearded man with fruit under his feet, is a more recent version of an older prototype with new attributes. A similar composition, Saint John the Baptist by the circle of Alessandro Vittoria, was known in the Richard von Kaufmann collection in Berlin.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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