Mantelpiece with Virgin and Child
|Date||second quarter of the 16th century|
25.5 × 16 × 19 cm, 3.5 kg
|On view||This artwork can be displayed at the permanent exhibition|
Antique art had a powerful impact on the Renaissance and was an example to follow. In the first decades of the 16th century, erotic representations also spread in Italy under the influence of antique models. The most famous was a series of pornographic engravings (ca. 1524) by Marcantonio Raimondi, made after the drawings of Guliano Romano. At the same time, in northern Italy, similar subjects appeared on small bronzes and bronze plaquettes, depicting mainly intertwined satyrs and satyresses. Beside the one in Budapest there is only one other existing version (Victoria and Albert Museum, London) of the same composition made by the Paduan sculptor, Andrea Riccio. In northern Italy, many artists cast similar
bronzes after Riccio, thus the identity of the creator of the Budapest artwork remains unknown.