FORTITUDE AND FAITH  by Tiziano Aspetti

Tiziano Aspetti

(Padua, 1559 – Pisa, 1606)


Pair of bronze figures

50x17x12 cm

Comparison bibliography

L. Planiscig, The Giacinto Auriti Collection, Vienna 1931, no. 15;
J. Pope-Hennessy, Italian Bronze Statuettes I-II, in “Essays on Italian Sculpture,” London-New York 1968, pp. 172-198;
P. Cannata, in S. E. Zuraw – M. G. Barberini – P. Cannata – M. L. Casanova (eds.), Masterpieces of Renaissance and Baroque Sculpture from the Palazzo Venezia, Rome, exhibition catalog, Athens (Georgia) 1996, pp. 50-51, n. 6;
D. Banzato, Bronzes of the Renaissance: Vok Collection, Padua 2004, nn.26-27, pp. 78-79

Bronze of Vitellius

Francesco Righetti

(Roma 1738-1819)

brown patinated bronze depicting
Emperor Vitellius ,
on a Giallo Antico marble base
shaped as a Porta Santa marble fluted column
H. (overall) 50 cm ; 19⅔ in.

From the series of Twelve Caesars produced by the Roman studio of Francesco Righetti (1749–1819), this bust is based on the antique model in the Museo Archeologico in Venice, known as Vitellius Grimani . Vitellius was briefly emperor in 69 CE, and the Lives of the Twelve Caesars by Suetonius (second century CE) contains an account of his life. In the sixteenth century, painters and sculptors began to generate many portrayals of the sovereign; among these was Gian Battista della Porta (c.1542–1597), who made a copy of Vitellius Grimani for the Palazzo Borghese in Rome.

The 1794 catalogue in French listing works offered by Francesco Righetti’s studio describes a series of Twelve Caesars costing’12 sequins each’. The present bust of Vitellius was one of these.

River God in terracotta

River God reclining on an urn

Terracotta slip on a later stand
in white and grey Sainte-Anne marble

In Greek mythology they were the sons of the river god Oceanus, the most ancient of Titans who
fought Jupiter for the supremacy of the world. Because they irrigated the land, rivers were worshipped
in local Greek cults as fertily gods. As rivers were sacred, particularly in dry lands, so were fountains
and springs, represented by nymphfs, the female counterparts of river gods.

First half of the 18th century

29,5 cm high, 43,2 cm wide, 20 cm deep
11 5⁄8 inch high, 17 inch wide, 7 7⁄8 inch deep

Pair of Neoclassical busts by Paolo Andrea Triscornia

Marble sculptures by
Paolo Andrea Triscornia

( Carrara 1757-1833)

Pair of neoclassical busts depicting,
Eugenio Beauharnis
(vice king of the kingdom of Italy)
Augusta of Bavaria
(queen of saxony)

H 70,5 – L 50 – P 31 cm.

Paolo Triscornia was appointed professor at the Carrara academy in 1803 and in the Napoleonic period he made a series of portraits for the imperial family ,
Including Paolina Borghese and Giuseppe Bonaparte.
Many of his works are now preserved in the Hermitage Museum.


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