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Sitting Prophet Jacopo Sansovino (workshop of)

Artist:

Jacopo Sansovino (workshop of) Florence 1486 – 1570 Venice

Date: mid-16th century
Medium: terracotta
Dimensions: 24.5 × 15.5 × 5 cm, 2 kg with frame: 40.5 × 29.5 × 8 cm
Type: relief
Inventory number: 1125
Collection: Sculpture

This small terracotta was a sketch (bozzetto) and it shows the sculptor’s initial ideas fixed in clay as quickly as possible. The traces of tools and the
imprints of the artist’s fingers are visible on the rough surface. The sculpture, originally made of clay, seems to have been housed in the workshop for a long time, as later it was fired with a dusty surface. Its decorated gilt frame was made and added to the sculpture later on. The sculpture in Budapest recalls Sansovino’s figure of Saint Mark the Evangelist, which is part of a bronze relief
(ca. 1536) on the tribune of the choir of the church of San Marco in Venice. On the basis of their stylistic correspondence the terracotta in Budapest can be considered as a work by an artist in the sculptor’s Venetian circle.

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