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Lot 20: An Exquisite Museum Quality 19th Century (1868
December 10, 2016
Carson City, NV, USALive Auction
Description: An Exquisite Museum Quality 19th Century (1868-1893 16.V.) Italian Bronze Roman Oil Lamp Of The Reclining Greek God Silenus Mounted On A Black Marble Base. Markings: 1868 -1893 16.V. Provenance: Private Collector Residence At Jupiter Island, Florida. Silenus Was A Drunken Follower Of Dionysus, Usually Bald And Fat With Thick Lips And Squat Noses, And Having The Legs Of A Human. A Notorious Consumer Of Wine, He Was Usually Drunk And Had To Be Supported By Satyrs Or Carried By A Donkey. Silenus Was Described As The Oldest, Wisest And Most Drunken Of The Followers Of Dionysus, And Was Said In Orphic Hymns To Be The Young God's Tutor. Estimated more than 100 yrs old. Italian art dates back to the Ancient Romans who left remains in Italy of extraordinary richness. Italian painting began to develop beyond the influence of Byzantium in the Duecento or 13th century, maintaining its lead throughout the Italian Renaissance, and reaching a particular peak in the High Renaissance of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. Italy retained its artistic dominance into the 17th century with Mannerism and the Baroque. In the 18th century Neoclassicism originated in Rome, but this was the last such Italian-born style that spread to all Western art. However, Italy maintained a presence in the international art scene from the mid 19th century onwards. Italian art has influenced several major movements throughout the centuries and has produced several great artists, including painters, architects and sculptors. (Wikipedia) Size: See Ruler Photo. (Photos Represent The Condition Of The Lot.)
Condition Report: Good