This Antique Bronze Sculpture measures about 6 & 1/2" tall and the man is seated. This piece dates from around the 1880's - 1890's. More than likely, it was probably attached to a Marble base at one point in time and it would be easy to do that again if you desired. The base is 2 & 3/8" by 2" and has female threads where it was attached to marble. There are 2 short pins at the front edge of the base that recessed into the marble to keep it from turning. This is a copy of Michelangelo's Marble Statue of Giuliano duke of Nemours, in the New Sacristy located in Florence. Giuliano appears to have a long Neck because it is viewed from below.The Medici Family were very powerful in Florence. Guiliano de' Medici was the brother of Pope Leo X and died in 1516. Then the pope's nephew Lorenzo the younger, duke of Urbino died in 1519. He was the last legitimate heir of the Medici Family. There are (4) Medici Family Members buried in the Medici Chapels (Cappelle Medicee ) part of the monumental Complex of the Church of San Lorenzo. The New Sacristy designed by Michelangelo, he did some of the sculptures & architecture in this part of the Church. It was designed by Michelangelo to mirror the Old Sacristy in San Lorenzo. Pope Leo X wanted to honour the Medici family with some greats works of Art by Michelangelo in Florence. The Medici family were very powerful in Florence, and they also produced a few Popes. Pope Leo X (Giovanni de’ Medici) succeeded Julius II (the patron of the Sistine Chapel ceiling) in 1513. Leo X wanted to honour the Medici family with some great works by Michelangelo in Florence. He commissioned Michelangelo to work on the facade of the church of San Lorenzo, but if you’ve glanced at that recently you can see he didn’t get very far. That’s because of a series of deaths in the Medici family that changed the Pope’s priorities: in 1516 Giuliano (brother of the pope) died in 1516, and then the pope’s nephew, Lorenzo the younger, who was Duke of Urbino, died in 1519. And that was the last legitimate heir of the Medici Family. Times like these call for a good tomb. Michelangelo began work on the design in November 1520 and probably started working on the sculptures in 1524; there were supposed to be at least 24 life-sized sculptures in this space, plus the architectural framework. But not much of this got done because of changing political tides. The Sack of Rome in 1527 weakened the pope, of course, and the Florentines took advantage of this moment to form their very last Republic (after that the Medici Dukes never let go again). In all this turmoil, art, as you can imagine, is not a priority. In 1534 the artist left Florence for good, and the Chapel remained unfinished. What you see now is how Vasari arranged it.
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