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Seated Nymph
  • Attributed to Giovanni Fonduli da Crema
  • Seated Nymph
  • Padua, Italy
  • late 15th century
  • Statuette
  • Bronze and gold, gilded
  • Height: 20.4 cm
  • Signature: OPUS IO CRE.
  • S72
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
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  • This statuette is signed on the back of the throne in a cartouche OPUS IO CRE which has been taken as the signature of Giovanni Fonduli da Crema. Almost nothing is known of this sculptor, though he is known to have worked in Padua, a great centre for bronze casting in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Surprisingly, given that the Seated Nymph has long been regarded as one of the finest small bronzes to survive from the Renaissance, no other bronzes by Giovanni Fonduli have been identified. Details such as the coiffure and the grotesque creatures round the seat are similar to the work of Andrea Riccio (1470-1532), while the subtle gilding of the drapery recalls the statuettes of the Mantuan sculptor Antico (c.1460-1528).