Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892)
A relief portrait profile of Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)
Patinated bronze wall plaque
France. Circa 1870
16cm diamater with an integral hanging loop
Bust length portrait of Michelangelo facing right and lettered around the image "MICHAEL ANGELUS BONAROTA". Signed "F. BARBEDIENNE" (to the neckline bottom left).
The profile is a faithful three-dimensional interpretation by Ferdinand Barbedienne of the bust-length engraved portrait print of Michelangelo produced by Giulio Bonasone (c.1498–after 1574) and dated 1546. Bonasone's original image was made when Michelangelo was 72 years old and was accompanied by the inscription "Quantum in natura ars naturaque possit in arte, Hic qui naturae par fuit arte docet." ["The extent to which Art can imitate Nature and Nature may imitate Art, is taught by he whose art was equal to that of nature"].
For a similar, though unsigned, bronze portrait roundel see Sotheby’s, London, Lot 75, “European Sculpture & Works Of Art 900-1900”, 28 October 2003
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