Putto with fish

Putto with fish

Acquired in exchange from the former Königlichen Museen (Gipsformerei, Berlin) in 1888 for £2 (40 marks)

Original:

Putto with fish
Workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio (1435-88)
Second half of the 15th century
Bronze
Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Made for a fountain for the Medici villa at Careggi. Vasari (1568) records that Grand Duke Cosimo I de'Medici of Tuscany (1519-74) brought this figure to Florence and had it set up on a new fountain in the first courtyard of the Palazzo Vecchio. The original fountain included three bronze heads and four marble lion heads, while the replacement, designed by Vasari, was of porphyry and marble. In 1959, the Putto with a Fish was replaced by a bronze copy, and is now displayed inside the Palazzo Vecchio.