This bronze statuette of a pacing horse derives from one of the four classical bronze horses on the façade of St Mark's in Venice.
Pacing Horse by Antico, 14901520
© V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum)
- 24 x 18 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £1,700 ( Total: £1,700)
- Acquired in:
- Frank Partridge
The pose of the original is combined with a considerable measure of naturalism in the body and a remarkably sensitive and expressive head. The bronze is probably North Italian rather than Florentine, though in view of the exceptional coherence and compactness of its forms the possibility of a Florentine origin cannot be wholly ruled out.
Paul Fischer, Budapest