Idebrando Bastiani (1867- ?)


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Idebrando Bastiani (1867- ?)

‘Original Sin’ A White Statuary Marble Figure of Eve

Italy, Circa 1900

REF No. B76700

Signed: 'Prof. I. Bastiani'

dimensions

Height :140 cm | 55¹/₈ in

description

‘Original Sin’ - A white statuary marble figure of Eve picking the apple from the tree as the serpent emerges, by Idebrando Bastiani (1867- ?).

Signed: 'Prof. I. Bastiani'

This exquisitely detail marble statue is carved in the round with great skill and refinement. It shows Eve’s temptation, her right hand clutching the apple, looking to her left with eyes raised heavenwards. Her gaze is filled with a mixture of curiosity and fear. The serpent posed to say “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:4-5).

maker

Florentine by birth, Bastiani was a pupil of Augusto Rivalta in Milan and worked at one time in the studio of Cesare Zocchi. Favoring genre and allegorical subjects, Bastiani specialized in female figures carved with skillful balance and pose. His work was admired for being ‘fine in form and true of expression’. His most documented work and prestigious commission is the Monument to Galileo Ferraris in Livorno, which was inaugurated 18 May 1902.

literature

Angelo De Gubernatis, Dizionario degli artisti italiani viventi, pittori, scultori e architetti, 1889, p. 568
Alfonso Panzetta, Nuovo Dizionario degli Scultori Italiani dell'Ottocento e del Primo Novecento, Turin, 2003, p. 77

Idebrando Bastiani (1867- ?)

‘Original Sin’ A White Statuary Marble Figure of Eve







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