- Cast stone
- Hand patinated
- 3 1/2'' diam.; 13 1/2''H
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This beautiful reduced-scale figure was masterfully reproduced from the original Young Archer via three- dimensional imaging and traditional sculpture techniques. Many scholars believe that Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475– 1564) made the sculpture as a precocious teenager living in the Florentine palace of his first patron, Lorenzo de’ Medici. It is first cited in 1556 in Rome, identified as an “entirely nude Apollo with quiver and arrows.” By 1650, being called Cupid, the figure occupied a garden niche in Villa Borghese, Rome. In 1902 it was offered at auction in London, again as a Michelangelo, and was later purchased by the architect Stanford White for the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, now the New York office of the Cultural Services of the French Consulate, which for years displayed the marble boy at the entrance. It reveals a young artist bravely emulating the art of classical antiquity.
Original sculpture lent by the French State, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
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