The Demidoff Table

Lorenzo Bartolini Italian
Commissioned by Prince Anatole Demidov

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 555

Commissioned by Count Anatoly Nicolaevich Demidoff. The subject is a complex, cosmological allegory best described in the sculptor's own words: "Stretched out upon the plan of the world is Cupid, god of generation, sustaining and watching over the symbolic genius of dissolute wealth without virtue, who snores in his sleep . . . dreaming of past diversions in pleasure. Left to himself, the genius of ambitious rectitude in work sleeps the agitated sleep of misfortune and glory. . . his head extending beyond the periphery of the world."
The original plaster is in the Gipsoteca Bartoliniana, Florence.

The Demidoff Table, Lorenzo Bartolini (Italian, 1777–1850), Marble, Italian, Florence

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