Beautiful bronze sculpture of Virgil (70 BC – 19 BC), considered Rome's greatest poet of all time mainly for his epic poem The Aeneid. The figure is signed L. Pilet on the cylindrical container (or Roman capsa, used to hold papyrus scrolls) to right of the stool. The bronze has a rich brown patina and parcel gilt detailing. It depicts Publius Vergilius Maro (his full name in Latin) clothed in a draped Roman toga, wearing a laurel crown and seated on an ancient Roman bronze scamnum or stool. He is holding a pencil on one hand and a scroll on the other. Leon Pilet (1840-1916) was a French sculptor active in the late 19th to early 20th Century. He specialized in portraying classical, historical and allegorical figures including Cleopatra, Diana the Huntress, The Falconer, St. Michael defeating Satan, among others. His works have sold at major international auction houses. In very good used condition as shown. This is a large, heavy and substantial piece that will require professional packing. Shipped fully insured with tracking number. Please provide your zip code for a shipping estimate to your location.
Measurements: 11.4" high by 12.2" wide by 6.3" deep (29 cm high by 31 cm wide by 16 cm deep) approximately.
Weight: 15 lbs unpacked approximately.