FRANCESCO RIGHETTI (Rome 1749 - 1819)
32 cm (12 ⁵/₈ inches)
Signed and dated: F. RIGHETTI. F. ROME. 1791
Peace is portrayed as a woman crowned with a laurel wreath, her right hand gripping the caduceus, a symbol of peace and prosperity associated with the Greek god Hermes. Wearing a long tunic with rich drapery, Peace rests her left foot on a helmet.
Justice wears a long mantle over her tunic covering both her shoulders, her hair caught up in soft locks and parted in the middle. Her left hand rests on a lictor's fasces.
Both bronzes are signed by Francesco Righetti and bear the date 1791.
F. Alizeri, Notizie dei professori del disegno in Liguria dalla fondazione dell’Accademia, 3 vols., Genoa 1864–6, II, p. 201;
A. González-Palacios, Ristudiando i Righetti, in “Antologia di Belle Arti”, 39-42 (1991–2), pp. 17-46; F. Haskell,
N. Penny, L’antico nella storia del gusto. La seduzione della scultura classica, 1984 Turin.