A 19th c Italian Bronze figure of IL FILOSOFO - For Sale
A 19th c Italian Bronze figure of IL FILOSOFO
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A late 19th early 20th century Bronze bust of "IL Filosofo" (The Philosopher) by Vincenzo Gemito.
Using dark brown patina on a bronze base. Signed GEMITO / PROPRIETA ARTISTICA with three FONDERIA GEMITO NAPOLI.
Gemito's bust of Il Folosofo is one of his most engaging images.
Inspired by the disheveled and angular face of his adoptive father, Francesco Jadicicco, and the antique, this study foreshadows the physical appearance of the sculptor himself in later life.
This combination of ancient and modern sources with a deep personal affinity with his subject is what defines Gemito's style. Il Filosofo's corkscrew curls allow Gemito to show off his consummate skill in casting bronze. The bust was exhibited at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900 and three years later at the Venice V Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte.
Related Literature: Chiseled with a brush, p.90, no.20; Temi di Vincenzo Gemito, p.124, no.132