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Bust of Lorenzo Capponi Florentine Sculptor (attributed to)


Florentine Sculptor (attributed to) active in the16th century

Date second half of the 16th century
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique bronze

20 × 19 × 14 cm, 2.5 kg
with base: 30 × 7 cm

Inventory number 5373
Collection Sculpture
On view This artwork is not on display

This bronze statuette, which comes from the collection of the sculptor István Ferenczy is identified by an inscription on its base: Lorenzo de Cappone di Jacopo (1512–1573) was a member of a well-known Florentine banking family operating in Lyon. Around the neck of the bearded man wearing a hat and a wide fur coat we can see the badge of the Order of Saint Michael, an honour bestowed upon the wealthy banker by the French King Charles IX (1560–1574) in recognition of his charitable donations during the great famine of Lyon. We can easily make out the figure of the Archangel Michael on the small medallion, with a sword in his right hand, and a pair of scales in his left.

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