The flying Mercury carried by a jet of wind in the Uffizi in Florence is one of da Bologna's major works. Bologna created this small version as a model for the monumental work.
Original: Bronze, Musée du Louvre, Paris.
ars mundi museum replica as cast metal with fine patina on polymer pedestal. Total height 22 cm.
About Giovanni da Bologna
Giovanni da Bologna, called Giambologna, was Michelangelo's master-class student and the main representative of Mannerism on the threshold between the Renaissance and the early Baroque.
His art represents a fusion of indigenous, Michelangelesque and antique influences. In addition to large bronze and marble sculptures, statuettes form an essential part of his œuvre.
From 1544 to 1550 he was a student of Jacques Dubroeucq in Mons, Belgium. Many of the later important masters, some of whom came from Germany and his home Italy (Hans Reichel, Hubert Gerhard, Adriaen de Vries, Pierre Franqueville, Pietro Tacca and others), studied in his workshop. The artist settled in Florence and soon became the Medici's court sculptor.
Throughout Europe, the high nobility fought over owning works by him. It is unique how many works he produced in his studio. The Pope awarded him the Order of Christ, and the Emperor himself raised him to the nobility. Until his death in 1608, Bologna was in the service of the Medici in Florence.
(Rebirth). The term describing art from around 1350 until the 16th century.
A mindset that developed in Florence in the late 14th century that was retrospectively classified as rebirth of the classical ideals of Greek and Roman antiquity. During the 15th and 16th centuries, the Renaissance spread first over Italy and then all over Western Europe and determined the entire artistic creation. Brilliant artists such as Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Dürer, Holbein, Cranach and Fouquet created their immortal works by following the humanistic premises and placing the human being in the centre of all thinking.
Renaissance experienced its heyday in literature through dramatic works and poems of William Shakespeare.
At the end of the 16th century, the Renaissance had to give way to the opulence of baroque, before its ideas experienced a rebirth in the classicism of the 18th century.
A true-to-the-original reproduction of an artwork in the same size and with the best possible material and colour uniformity.
The mould is usually taken directly from the original so that the replication reproduces even the finest details. After casting the replication, using the most appropriate method, the surface is polished, patinated, gilded or painted according to the original.
A replication of ars mundi is a recognizable copy of the original.
A plastic work of sculptural art made of wood, stone, ivory, bronze or other metals.
While sculptures from wood, ivory or stone are made directly from the block of material, in bronze casting a working model is prepared at first. Usually, it is made of clay or other easily mouldable materials.
The prime time of sculpture after the Greek and Roman antiquity was the Renaissance. Impressionism gave a new impulse to the sculptural arts. Contemporary artists such as Jorg Immendorf, Andora, and Markus Lupertz also enriched sculptures with outstanding works.