Andrea Bacchi

"Rinascimento privato"

The Adventures of a Renaissance Sculpture: Antonio Minello's Apollo from Padua to Rome and Vienna


21,5 x 28 cm / 148 pages / illustrated / english and italian text


Walter Padovani, Milan, 2019



A masterpiece of 16th century sculpture, depicting a mythological subject illustrating the Paduan “archaeological” Renaissance, returns to the market after more than 50 years.
The marble relief in the round (overall height 68 cm.) depicting Apollo was carved by Antonio Minello (Padua c. 1465 – Venice 1529). Andrea Bacchi reviews its long collecting history in this volume. Recorded in Rome as early as in 1634 in the archives of Marquis Costanzo Patrizi, it then passed into the hands of Count Grigorij Stroganoff who displayed it in the Red Drawing Room in his palazzo on the Via Gregoriana in Rome, and it subsequently entered the collection of Camillo Castiglioni, one of the wealthiest businessmen in Europe, during World War I. Following the Castiglioni collection’s dispersal in Vienna in 1925, the Apollo was purchased by Giuseppe Sangiorgi, one of the greatest art dealers in 20th century Rome.

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