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Idebrando Bastiani

‘Original Sin’ A White Statuary Marble Figure of Eve Picking the Apple from the Tree as the Serpent Emerges

Italy, Circa 1900

£110,000

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

Dimensions

Height: 140 cm (56 in)
REF NO : B76700

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 poised 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).

Italy, Circa 1900.

Date

Circa 1900

Origin

Italy

Medium

Marble

Signature

Signed: Prof. I. Bastiani

Idebrando Bastiani

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.

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