The Flying Mercury Statue

By artist Giovanni da Bologna (1529-1608)

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The messenger of the 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. 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.
  • About The Artist

      Giovanni Canaletto (1697-1768)
      Venetian painter Giovanni Canaletto famous for his landscape paintings of Venice was also a significant printmaker in etching. His paintings are always notable for their accuracy especially his grand scenes of the Venice canals and the Doge s palace.

      Canaletto studied with his father a painter of theatre scenes and later spent time in Rome. Once returning to Venice Canaletto focused on painting linear dramatic and topographically accurate Venetian scenes which became his claim to fame.

      Canaletto s large-scale landscapes portrayed Venice as a theatrical and traditional city. Canaletto paintings are finely detailed light and airy and unsurpassed in the architectural painting genre. In 1719 he began painting in his famous topographical paintings including Veduta del Palazzo Ducale. His use of atmospheric effects and strong colors preceded the Impressionism movement.

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