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Bust of the Augustan Julius Caesar

Workshop of Pier Jacopo Alari-Bonacolsi, called L’Antico
(Mantua c. 1460 – 1528 Gazzuolo)

Bronze, hollow lost-wax cast

Northern Italy, Mantua, c. 1500

Provenance:
Collection Xavier de Salas, Vice-Director, Museo del Prado 1962-1969, Director 1970-1978 
Private collection, Spain

Pier Jacopo Alari-Bonacolsi, the goldsmith-trained sculptor, who is always referred to nowadays by his nickname 'Antico' (which he had earned by 1479), was the greatest exponent during the Italian Renaissance of bronze statuettes that were derived from close observation of ancient Roman originals.

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Dimensions

Height 37.5 cm;1 ft. 2⅘ in. Width 25.4 cm; 10 in. (at shoulders) 19 cm; 7½ in. (ear to ear)
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