Seated satyr with a shell

Workshop of Andrea Briosco, called Riccio Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 537

The object in the satyr’s left hand, possibly s moneybag, is of later facture. Otherwise, the bronze is unusually crisply chased and an altogether superior product of the Riccio workshop. Its details, especially the hair, are more incisive than those of the seated satyr with inkwell, shell, and candlestick in the Frick Collection, New York, which bears the arms of the Paduan Capodivacca family, and much more so than related bronzes in Berlin-Dahlem and in the Louvre. A good variant was in the Chichester-Constable collection. Although the alert poses greatly resemble each other, notably in the gracile grossing of the hooves, it is worth stressing that the composition of each member of this group was completely reworked, as was standard practice in the Riccio workshop.

Seated satyr with a shell, Workshop of Andrea Briosco, called Riccio (Italian, Trent 1470–1532 Padua), Bronze, Italian

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