Aeolus and Cupid, sculpture by Luca Madrassi

Biscuit sculpture

Biscuit, Luca Madrassi


Biscuit sculpture, on a plinth is represented the bust of Aeolus intent on blowing the winds, at his feet Cupid depicted according to the classic iconography with wings and a fluttering robe covered to cover the pubis, in the left hand an arch and in the other an arrow, made in gilt bronze.
At the foot a naturalistic vegetation with a vine loaded with vine leaves that climbs the herm.
On the base the signature L. Madrassi.

Dimensions: 82.5 x 33.5 x 36 cm

Historical-stylistic analysis:

Born in Tricesimo, in the province of Udine in 1848, the sculptor Luca Madrassi studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and worked as an independent sculptor and ceramist both in Italy and in France. He exhibited, in 1881 and 1896, at the Société des Artistes Français in Paris.
His works, often of an allegorical subject, are generally performed in an Art Nouveau style conditioned by a certain taste that lingers on neo-Rococo models typical of France in the late nineteenth century. He died in France in 1919.

In this work the Liberty taste, the naturalness and at the same time sensuality of the figures and the naturalistic taste of the vegetation are evident. Curious is the fact that the few replicas passed on the market lacked the arrow and the bow and that therefore, in reading the work, Zephyr was reported to the Cupid deprived of his iconographic attributes. In this case the work is sound and complete and allows us to review it in its entirety.

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