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A showcase for this Gonzaga’s vase – Galleria Estense Museum - Modena

The gallery will reopen on May, 29th after the forced closing caused by the earthquake of 2012.
We will be there with the showcase realized for this magnificent bronze vase dated 1500 a.C.
Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, said the Old Mantua, 1460 - Gazzuolo, 1528.
Gonzaga vase
Bronze casting, h cm 31
Inv. 2259 The vessel is registered for the first time in an inventory of items transported from the Ducal Palace at Liceo of Modena dating back to April 24, 1797. On the body of the vase there are the emblems of Gianfrancesco Gonzaga and his wife Antonia del Balzo, lords of Rodigo and Bozzolo: the theme of the festive guided marine procession by Neptune followed by Amphitrite nymph might be related to their marriage in 1479. It is one of the masterpieces of the bronze worker, which in the delicate frieze manages to blend with admirable perfection the suggestions of the ancient sculpture (in particular the Roman sarcophagi reliefs) with the echoes of Andrea Mantegna's engravings.


 

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