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Allegory of Abundance

Abbondanza - Abundance
Object belonging
One's own
Category
Bronze sculpture
City
Rome
Location
Museo Nazionale del Palazzo di Venezia
Specific location
Room 17
Inventory
PV 10817
Material and technique
Bronze, dark patina
Author
Master of the Budapest Abundance
Dating
c.1530-1540
Dimensions
27 x 11.5 x 8.5 cm.
Origin
Auriti Collection (1963)
Image copyright
SSPSAE and for Polo Museale della città di Roma

Short description

The bronze depicts a naked, strongly sculpted woman, standing on an elaborate cylindrical base rich with mouldings. It represents an Allegory of Abundance that replicates, with a few differences, another statuette in the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, where the woman is shown in the same pose: her left foot is raised ready to step forward and her left hand moves up to her breast.  This same work led to its unknown author being called the “Master of the Budapest Abundance”. The Palazzo Venezia bronze differs from the others because its base indicates that the sculpture was part of a small table fountain: water poured out from the mouth of the little mask located at the centre of the tall base.

Pietro Cannata 

Bibliography

L. Planiscig, La Collezione Giacinto Auriti, Vienna 1931, no. 46; A. Santangelo, Museo di Palazzo Venezia. La collezione Auriti, Rome 1964, p. 30.

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