Category Image

Giovanni Bologna’s Mercury sculpture

Made of 100% pure bronze (lost wax)
Dimensions: Height including base 14 3/4 in.; base width 3 1/2 in., base length 3 1/2 in. Bronze: height including base 17 1/2 in.; base width 3 in., base length 3 in.
Item No. S118
Period: Renaissance
This Item is an Identical Museum Reproduction

$600.00

Buy Now
Add To Compare

Secured and trusted checkout with

Paypal

Description

The son of Jupiter and the messenger of the gods, Mercury was worshipped in Roman times as the god of traders and merchants, and his popularity spread with the extension of Roman power, influence, and trade. Giovanni Bologna (1529-1608), a Flemish artist working in the Medici court of the Grand Duke Cosimo I in Florence, created four distinctly different bronze sculptures of Mercury, each version more refined than the preceding one. Composing his subject in the figura serpentine, or, ascending corkscrew arrangement, Bologna forces the viewer’s eye to travel both over and around the sculpture. The Museum’s Mercury statue reproduces one of Bologna’s later models, in which form and attitude combine to achieve a lightness and grace of movement that seems to defy gravity. Mercury is depicted with the typical winged feet, gliding through space. In his left hand is the caduceus, a wand carried by ancient Greek heralds as a symbol of immunity during war, a form of two snakes intertwined about an olive branch that is capped by wings. The Museum’s reproduction is made from a mold of the original statue.

Made of bronze (lost wax). "Lost Wax" bronze (or hot-cast bronze) is actually 100% pure Bronze - essentially copper and tin. The most known and used process for making "lost wax" involves pouring of molten bronze. This is the same method used by the ancient civilizations to create bronze sculptures. The making of a "lost wax" bronze is a complex and time consuming process, and specific technical expertise is needed to accomplish the task of making a bronze.
PayPal, VISA, MC, AmEx, Google Checkout, checks, bank transfers accepted
Shipping is free $0 within USA. We do ship worldwide - contact us for international shipping quote. Standard delivery to the contiguous United States is within 7-20 business days. International delivery times vary from country to country, but with standard delivery most packages arrive within 2 to 6 weeks. International recipients are responsible for duties and taxes that may or may not be charged by the customs of your country.
Item is returnable within 7 days for money back guarantee provided it is returned undamaged in original condition and packaging.