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Gilt Bronze 16th century Renaissance Sculptural Applique depicting John the Baptist

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A Siennese or Venetian 16th century gilt bronze applique of John the Baptist

Approximate size: 3 x 2 in.

Condition: A moderate-to-fine, probably contemporary or early cast. Minor casting flaws. Hollow reverse.

The present sculpture, probably Venetian or Siennese in origin and of the 16th century, was likely intended for a tabernacle niche or altar cross.

The manner and style of this sculpture follows closely with a full-length figural Baptist at the Cleveland Museum of Art (Inv. 1947.28). Its maker is unidentified although other similar or workshop examples are found in various private and museum collections like another at La Spezia (Museo Civico Amedeo Lia) in Italy.

In academic literature, the manner of this unidentified sculptor has been variably compared against the workmanship of other known sculptors like Alessandro Algardi, Jacopo Sansovino and Ercole Ferrara.