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Giuseppe Pisani (Carrara 1757 - Modena 1839)

Bust of a Faun


1796
marble
43 x 24 x 24 cm (16 ⁷/₈ x 9 ¹/₂ x 9 ¹/₂ inches)
Signed on reverse: Giuseppe Pisani – Roma – 1796

Giuseppe Pisani was born in Carrara in 1757 and trained at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, before moving to Rome where he was taken under the wing of Giuseppe Albani. Travelling with Albani to Vienna, he was introduced into the circle of Archduchess Maria Beatrice Vittoria d'Este who appointed him drawing tutor to her children, a post which was to earn him numerous commissions. When the Duchy of Modena was revived after the fall of Napoleon, Francesco IV named Pisani sculptor to the court and lecturer at the city's Accademia di Belle Arti, whose director he was to become in 1821.

Provenance: S. W. Josephus Jitta Collection, Amsterdam, sale at the Hotel Drouot in Paris on 22 March 1883, lot no. 276;
Antiquités & objets d'art: catalogue de la collection très-importante formée par feu M.S.W. Josephus Jitta d’Amsterdam, sale at the Frederick Muller auction house in Amsterdam on 4 November 1897, lot no.169, illustrated.
 

Literature: G. Campori, Memorie biografiche degli scultori, architetti, pittori ec. nativi di Carrara e di altri luoghi della provincia di Massa, Modena 1873, pp. 182-183
U. Thieme et H. Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur
Gegenwart, Leipzig, 1933, vol. XXVII, p. 94.
P. Malgouyres, P. Sénéchal, Peintures et sculptures d’Italie. Collections du XVe au XIXe siècle du Musée Calvet d’Avignon, Paris 1998, p. 132
From Vulcan’s Forge. Bronzes from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam 1450- 1800, ed. F. Scholten and M. Verber, London 2005, p. 94, n. 27