• Faun

    Artist:
    Bandinelli, Baccio (?). 1493-1560
    Dimensions:
    height 58 cm

Bandinelli, Baccio (?). 1493-1560

Faun

Italy. Florence, 16th century

This bust has been traditionally attributed to Michelangelo. Ernst Liphart (1912), who rejected it, was the first to attribute this work to Baccio Bandinelli, the contemporary and rival of Michelangelo. The image of this bust was reproduced in the Hermitage publications under the name of Bandinelli, however, it cannot be ruled out that one of the master’s pupils was the creator of this work. A large number of copies and versions of the Hermitage bust can be explained by the fact that at one time the “Faun” was thought to be Michelangelo’s work. Besides the marble head that was likely part of the bust (Paris, Louvre), one can mention here a whole number of reduced replicas in bronze known due to Sotheby’s and Christie’s in London. Among them stands out the replica in lead, about the same size as the original, that was sold on 7 June 1998 (lot № 109) at Christie’s. Once again it emphasizes the prominent place occupied by this fine work in the Hermitage collection of 16th century sculpture.

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Faun

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height 58 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1912; a gift from Prince Shcherbatov

Inventory Number:

Н.ск-512

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