The Flying Mercury (Hermes) Messenger of the Gods statue

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By artist Giovanni da Bologna (1529-1608)
The messenger of the Roman gods and patron of commerce and trading, winged Mercury speeds through the skies carrying the caduceus that symbolizes both immunity during war and the practice of medicine. Mercury is also known as Hermes in Greek Mythology. Bologna, working in the Medici court in Florence, composed his subject in the figura serpentine that masterfully guides the eye across our quality designer resin sculpt to fully admire each detail, finished here in a rich faux bronze. 5"Wx8"Dx13"H. 1 lb.
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   Giovanni da Bologna (1529-1608)

Giambologna, born Jean Boulogne (incorrectly known as Giovanni da bologna) was a sculptor known for his marble and bronze statues, which he completed in the late Renaissance, or Mannerist, style. Spending most of his life in Florence, Bologna was influenced greatly by Michelangelo 's sculptures.

The Rape of the Sabine Women is a complex marble sculpture, depicting three figures compact, yet spiraling upward. This prime example of the Mannerist style of sculpture is considered Bologna's masterpiece. The Mannerist style of sculpting was marked by an emphasis on refined surfaces rather than emotion. This change also signified a move away from the sculptures of classical antiquity that Bologna studied as a young man. Bologna was the most successful sculptor of his time, making the Mannerist style an international phenomenon and directly influencing the Baroque style of sculpture, in particular, the sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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