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Child Dionysos with Thyrsus Antonio Maria Maragliano (attributed to) North Italian Sculptor (previous attribution) German Sculptor (previous attribution)


Antonio Maria Maragliano (attributed to) Genoa, 1664 – Genoa, 1739

North Italian Sculptor (previous attribution) 18th century

German Sculptor (previous attribution) 18th century

Date end of the 17th century, first half of the 18th century
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique painted and gilded limewood and sized and painted canvas

61 × 35 × 30 cm

Inventory number 52.61
Collection Sculpture
On view This artwork is on view at the permanent exhibition

This statue depicts Dionysus, the ancient Greek god of wine, religious ecstasy and grape-harvest. The child is holding a thyrsus, often used as an attribute of Dionysus and his followers the maenads (bacchantes). This pine cone topped staff wound round with vine tendrils, symbolised plenty, fertility, and religious ecstasy. This baroque statuette is related to the work of the Genoan sculptor Anton Maria Maragliano. The painting and gilding are extremely elaborate. The coloured surfaces are built up of many layers of paint, creating an unusual effect. The figure’s appearance is even more striking because of the putto’s eyes that are made of glass.

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