The Genius of Cosimo I de’ Medici (‘Genio Mediceo’), Bartolomeo Ammanati, 1556 - 1557

The Genius of Cosimo I de’ Medici (‘Genio Mediceo’), Bartolomeo Ammanati, 1556 - 1557

wax, h 31.5cm × w 9.5cm × d 17cm More details

This red wax statuette is the modello for a much larger fountain sculpture that was cast in bronze for Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici in Florence. The nude boy is a genius, a guardian spirit from classical antiquity, holding up a globe, symbolizing the earthly cosmos (‘cosmo’). Like the Capricorn under his arm, signifying the duke’s astrological sign, it too alludes to Cosimo.

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