Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Giuseppe Piamontini’s Study For Saint Mark | Christie's

Giuseppe Piamontini (1664-1742), Saint Mark, c. 1693. Terracotta. 18⅞ in (48 cm) high. Estimate: £80,000-120,000. Offered in the Old Masters Evening Sale on 15 December 2020 at Christie’s in London
On 30 May 1694, with the help of a mason and a labourer, Giuseppe Piamontini (1664-1742) installed his colossal marble sculpture of Saint Mark and a lion in a niche high above the altar of the church of Santi Michele e Gaetano in Florence. It still stands there today. Working flat out, the artist had completed the commission in just over a year — working from a 48-centimetre-high prototype that is now offered for sale at Christie’s. Giuseppe Piamontini’s terracotta Saint Mark will be on display at Christie’s in London from 11 December 2020, ahead of the Old Masters Evening Sale on 15 December, as part of Classic Week [More