Pio Fedi, Italian (1816-1892)  A Carrara marble figural group of Dante and Pia, from Dante's 'Divine Comedy'
Lot 151
Pio Fedi, Italian (1816-1892) A Carrara marble figural group of Dante and Pia, from Dante's 'Divine Comedy'
Sold for £6,875 (US$ 11,226) inc. premium

Lot Details
Pio Fedi, Italian (1816-1892)
A Carrara marble figural group of Dante and Pia, from Dante's 'Divine Comedy'
on a canted base, inscribed to the front, RICORDATI DI ME CHE SON LA PIA: DANTE. purgatorio canto V verso 135, and signed to the rear PIO FEDI STATUARIO DI FIRENZE SCOLPI 1862, 83cm high (32.75" high)

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  • Training with Lorenzo Bartolini in Florence and Pietro Tenerani in Rome, Pio Fedi rose from relative obscurity to fame in Italy in the middle of the 19th century. He sculpted various civic commissions and subsequently became the court sculptor to the Grand Duke Leopold II until the Duke went into exile in 1859. Six years later, Fedi's fame was sealed with his sculpture of The Rape of Polyxena which was held to great public acclaim and was displayed at the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence between Cellini's Perseus and Giambologna's The Rape of the Sabines. The popularity of the piece has since been credited to the fact that the general public interpreted it as the personification of the resistance to domination by foreign parts. By the time the sculpture was inaugurated in 1866 it was the most talked about contemporary work of art in Italy.

    The above sculpture executed in white marble is conceived in the Medieval rather than the Classical idiom and depicts a scene from Dante's Divine Comedy where Dante meets the maiden Pia in purgatory. Fedi is perhaps best known today for his genre works conceived in a vaguely classical style. His figure of Il Genio della Pesca (The Supreme Fisherboy) dating from 1864 is perhaps the best known and two examples of this piece were sold at Sotheby's in London in April 2005 and in New York in October 2005.
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