A River God, sculpture

A River God, sculpture

A River God
Giovanni Bologna or 'Giambologna' (1529-1608)
Florence, Italy
About 1575
Terracotta
Width 30.3 cm x length 39.4 cm x height 24.8cm
Museum no. 250-1876

In the late 1500s Giambologna was the most influential sculptor in Europe. He won admiration for the range of his works, from monumental public statues to intimate bronzes.  This terracotta is a model rather than a finished work. It probably relates to a plan for a colossal sculpture symbolising the River Nile that became the Appenine at the Medici villa at Pratolino, Tuscany (Italy).  This sculpture shows Giambologna's mastery of clay modelling. The  Florentine Medici familiy's patronage of Giambologna led to a style that was closely associated with the Medici court, and which spread to northern Europe.