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Bust of a young African slave in bronze with brown patina. Wearing an iron necklace with a chain around his neck, the young slave, with a flat nose and thick lips, looks at his forehead; his curly hair is held in place by a band tied at the nape of the neck. Holes in the shoulders.Northern Italy, Padua, workshop of Andrea Briosco dit Riccio, early 16th centuryHeight: 11 cmBaseWorks consulted: A. Gibbon, Guide des bronzes de la Renaissance italienne, Paris, 1990, p 174; Exposition Trente 2008, Rinascimento e passione per l'antico. Andrea Riccio e il suo tempo, Tridentine Diocesan Museum, cat.90.Original subject, which does not seem to have been listed in the Renaissance bronzes, this young black slave seems to be able to be related by his workmanship and patina to the production of the small bronzes of northern Italy from the beginning of the 16th century. One thinks in particular of the small bust of a man with curly hair, a copy of which is kept atKunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna (inv. KK 5516, fig.a) and another, of lesser quality, in the Louvre Museum (inv. OA 9116, fig.b). Donated to Andrea Briosco di Riccio or attributed to his studio, this bust of a man is known to be a self-portrait of the artist, nicknamed the Riccio because of his frizzy hair. 4.5 cm high, we find the same power of expression combined with a very free facture, not bothering with details, characteristic of this small bust of African.

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