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Female Bust in an Urn
Glass, Fabric, Wax, Bone, Pelo. Ca. 1750
Scandellari, Filippo (?)
Female Bust in an Urn
Glass, Fabric, Wax, Bone, Pelo. Ca. 1750
Scandellari, Filippo (?)

Free-standing wax sculpture was a particularly important genre in 18th-century Bologna and artists aimed to produce impressively lifelike, almost hyper-realist effects. In order to do so they used real hair, glass balls for the eyes, bone for the teeth and fabric and metal for the clothes and accessories. The frames for this bust and its pair are 18th-century in date although later than the sculpt

Male Bust in an Urn
Glass, Fabric, Wax, Bone, Pelo. Ca. 1750
Scandellari, Filippo (?)
Male Bust in an Urn
Glass, Fabric, Wax, Bone, Pelo. Ca. 1750
Scandellari, Filippo (?)

Wax sculpture allowed for the creation of extremely precise technical details that produced an intense sensation of reality. Scandellari was one of the most important practitioners of this technique in Bologna. This pair might be the two wax portraits recorded as made for a Spanish aristocrat in Madrid.

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