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20th century patinated bronze casting, appears unsigned, Mercury is captured mid flight, balanced upon a personified head of one the the winds or Anemoi, and mounted upon a round black hardstone plinth with bronze relief putti frieze.
HOA 33 1/2 in.
Giambologna was originally born in Flanders, but his studies carried him to Italy around 1550. Pope Pius IV gave Giambologna his first major commission, and he went on to be a successful court sculptor for the Medici family. Giambologna's original Mercury was designed as a fountain statue for the Villa Medici in Rome.
Some scratches and rubbing to patina, marks and a few small chips to plinth; loss to Mercury's caduceus attribute.