Intorno a Bernini. Due statue panneggiate del Barocco romano



Storia dell’arte 151-152, Gennaio-Dicembre 2019

Andrea Bacchi

Intorno a Bernini. Due statue panneggiate del Barocco romano

One of the most mysterious and fascinating sculpture of seventeenth century Rome is undoubtedly the draped figure, once in Palazzo Lancellotti, long believed to be an ancient marble, perhaps restored by Bernini. Yet, it seems likely, both on documentary evidences  and stylistic analysis, that the work can be attributed entirely to Giovanni Antonio Mari, an important collaborator of Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Furthermore, the statue has a central position in the history of the “all’antica” draped figure, halfway between the ancient prototypes, the seventeenth-century models by Bernini and Duquesnoy and the future Eighteenth-century developments of the genre with Antonio Corradini. On the contrary, a totally different way of interpreting the drapery characterizes the monumental unpublished statue depicting the Prudence, for which an attribution to Antonio Raggi, and a dating to 1670 circa, is proposed here.

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