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Neptune Riding on a Dolphin Georg Schweigger


Georg Schweigger Nuremberg 1613 – 1690 Nuremberg

Culture German
Date second half of the 17th century
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique bronze

51 × 28 × 36 cm, 14 kg
with base: 60 × 28 × 36 cm

Inventory number 57.3
Collection Sculpture
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Second Floor, European Sculpture 1350-1800, Gallery 2

At the beginning of his career, Georg Schweigger, a medallist and sculptor from Nuremberg, mainly created small-scale reliefs and plaquettes. He received more notable commissions only after the Thirty Years’ War (1618−48). From 1660 until his
death he worked on his most significant sculptural composition, the Neptune Fountain, which was planned for the Hauptmarkt in Nuremberg (it is now at the Peterhof Palace near Saint Petersburg). The small bronze in Budapest strictly follows the forms of the fountain’s figures, and the hole on the dolphin’s mouth points to the fact that it might be a model for a fountain.


Balogh, Jolán, Katalog der ausländischen Bildwerke des Museums der bildenden Künste in Budapest, IV – XVIII. Jahrhundert: 1. Textband Bd. 1, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 1975, p. 239., no. 349.

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