Sculpture, "Spinario" - Albâtre - Fin du XIXe siècle

Sculpture, "Spinario" - Albâtre - Fin du XIXe siècle

Sculpture in alabaster representing the "Spinario" (Boy with Thorn). It is called this way because depicts a young boy with his leg crossed in the act of pulling a thorn from its foot. The statue on auction highlights a detail often overlooked in the other similar reproductions of the Boy with Thorn, namely the scrotum. In the old days the Boy with Thorn was mixed up with Priapus, because his scrotum was mistaken for a giant penis, but the skill of the artist who sculpted this little jewel has highlighted this detail. During the Renaissance, it was one of the most admired and copied ancient statues. It was at that time the legend of the shepherd boy of Vitorchiano, Gnaeus Martius, was probably born. He ran from Vitorchiano (VT) to Rome to warn of the arrival of the Etruscan invaders and hurried, ignoring the thorn that had entered his foot, and stopping to extract it only after the mission had been completed.

Informations du lot
"Spinario", Sculpture
Période estimée
Fin du XIXe siècle
Pays d’origine
Bon état - quelques usures et tâches dues à l’âge
16×7×8 cm
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