Angelo Pizzi (Italian, 1775-1819): A gilt bronze figure of a Roman orator

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Angelo Pizzi (Italian, 1775-1819): A gilt bronze figure of a Roman orator

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Angelo Pizzi (Italian, 1775-1819): A gilt bronze figure of a Roman orator
the figure clad in a heavily folded and draped robe, looking slightly to sinister, reading a scroll held in his left hand, his right hand extended in a typical oratorical gesture, the rear with engraved signature Angelo Pizzi, Milanese modello and with engraved inventory 1877.20-35., raised on a veined light brown marble moulded dwarf column base, 22cm high, 26.5cm overall

Footnotes

  • Angelo Pizzi (Milan 1775 - Venice 1819) was an Italian sculptor active in the Neoclassical style. A pupil of sculptor Giuseppe Franchi (Italian, 1731 – 1806), he completed the statues of Saints Matthew and Simon for the Duomo of Milan. He taught at the academies of Carrara (between 1804-7) and Venice (between 1807-19) and sculpted a bronze statue of Napoleon which is situated in the courtyard of the Brera Academy in Milan. The statue depicts Napoleon as a nude Roman Emperor wearing a laurel wreath and carrying a spear, drapery thrown over his shoulder.

    Additionally, there is a further bronze statue, also probably by Pizzi, of Napoleon, partially dressed as an Emperor, also holding a spear, which can be seen in the Palazzo Archinto, Milan. It is likely that this example is a reduction and variation of the statue of Napoleon in the Brera Academy.

    It has been suggested that the current lot depicts Napoleon Bonaparte fully clothed in the classical robes of an emperor such as Augustus, his hair cropped in the revolutionary fashion. The inventory number on the present lot, beginning 1877 - most likely the accession date, confirms that the figure was most likely part of a museum collection, although there is a possibility it relates to a group or pantheon of figures.
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