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Raffaello Romanelli

Italy (1856 -  1928 )
ROMANELLI Raffaello Cleopatra

Sotheby's
Dec 16, 2015
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Raffaello Romanelli -  Cleopatra

Raffaello Romanelli - Cleopatra

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Raffaello Romanelli ITALIAN CLEOPATRA 1856 - 1928 signed: Prof R Romanelli / Firenze white marble, on a whitemarble revolving column figure: 113.5cm., 44 5/8 in. column: 73cm., 28 3/4 in. Catalogue Note The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne, Burned on the water; the poop was beaten gold, Purple the sails, and so perfumed, that The winds were love-sick with them, the oars were silver, Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made The water which they beat to follow faster, As amorous of their strokes. For her own person, It beggared all description; she did lie In her pavilion, cloth-of-gold of tissue, O'er picturing that Venus where we see The fancy outwork nature; on each side her Stood pretty-dimpled boys, like smiling Cupids, With divers coloured fans, whose wind did seem To glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool, And what they undid did. William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Antony and Cleopatra, Act II, Scene II
Raffaello Romanelli - Italian Cleopatra

Raffaello Romanelli - Italian Cleopatra

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Raffaello Romanelli ITALIAN CLEOPATRA 1856 - 1928 signed: Prof R Romanelli / Firenze white marble, on a white marble revolving column figure: 113.5cm., 44 5/8 in. column: 73cm., 28 3/4 in. Catalogue Note The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne, Burned on the water; the poop was beaten gold, Purple the sails, and so perfumed, that The winds were love-sick with them, the oars were silver, Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made The water which they beat to follow faster, As amorous of their strokes. For her own person, It beggared all description; she did lie In her pavilion, cloth-of-gold of tissue, O'er picturing that Venus where we see The fancy outwork nature; on each side her Stood pretty-dimpled boys, like smiling Cupids, With divers coloured fans, whose wind did seem To glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool, And what they undid did. William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Antony and Cleopatra, Act II, Scene II 40 Raffaello Romanelli signed: Prof R Romanelli / Firenze white marble, on a white marble revolving column figure: 113.5cm., 44 5/8 in. column: 73cm., 28 3/4 in.
Raffaello Romanelli - Two Children At Play

Raffaello Romanelli - Two Children At Play

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Raffaello Romanelli Italian, 1856 - 1928 TWO CHILDREN AT PLAY inscribed Prof. R. Romanelli white marble height 42 1/2 in. 108 cm Catalogue Note Raffaelo Romanelli was the son and student of the distinguished Florentine sculptor Pasquale Romanelli. He also studied the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, under Augusto Rivalta and Emilio Zocchi. Aside from portrait bust and collectors' marbles, he was responsible for the monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi in Siena, and the equestrian bronze of King Carlo Alberto of Piedmont-Sardinia in Rome. After Pasquale Romanelli’’’’’’’’s death in 1887, Raffaello and grandson Romano continued his legacy which lives on to the present day - the Romanelli studio (now a private museum) remains one of the few working studios in Florence.
Raffaello Romanelli - Cleopatra

Raffaello Romanelli - Cleopatra

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Raffaello Romanelli
1856 - 1928

ITALIAN

CLEOPATRA

signed: Prof R Romanelli / Firenze

white marble, on a white marble revolving column

figure: 113.5cm., 44 5/8 in.

column: 73cm., 28 3/4 in.

Catalogue Note

The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne,

Burned on the water; the poop was beaten gold,

Purple the sails, and so perfumed, that

The winds were love-sick with them, the oars were silver,

Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made

The water which they beat to follow faster,

As amorous of their strokes. For her own person,

It beggared all description; she did lie

In her pavilion, cloth-of-gold of tissue,

O'er picturing that Venus where we see

The fancy outwork nature; on each side her

Stood pretty-dimpled boys, like smiling Cupids,

With divers coloured fans, whose wind did seem

To glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool,

And what they undid did.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Antony and Cleopatra, Act II, Scene II
Raffaello Romanelli - Ruth

Raffaello Romanelli - Ruth

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Raffaello Romanelli Italian, 1856 - 1928

RUTH

signed and inscribed Prof. R. Romanelli / Firenze

Carrara marble on a revolving pedestal

height of sculpture 46 1/2 in.; height of pedestal 32 in.

118 cm; 81 cm

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Literature

Alfonso Panzetta, Nuovo Dizionario degli scultori Italiani dell'ottocento e del primo novecento, Borgaro, 2003, p. 782

Catalogue Note

Ruth was a popular subject among nineteenth-century sculptors active in Italy, notably Giovanni Battista Lombardi and the American Randolph Rogers, whose famous depiction of the gleaning heroine is in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (inv. no. 99.7.1). Romanelli\’\’s model precedes those by sculptors having been exhibited in Paris in 1851. It is Romanelli's Ruth who arguably best conveys the character\’\’ s piety and modesty, despite a somewhat revealing costume. With sheaves in both hands, Ruth is captured in the act of her work, exhibiting Romanelli\’\’s attention to detail in the highly realistic carving of the wheat and the beautifully modelled hair and headdress.

Raffaello Romanelli came from a distinguished line of sculptors. His father was the Florentine sculptor Pasquale Romanelli, who achieved an international reputation for his finely carved mythological and biblical marble figures. Romanelli began his training at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence under Luigi Pampaloni but was soon taught by the foremost Tuscan neoclassical sculptor, Lorenzo Bartolini. Finding Bartolini\’\’s favour, he went on to become his collaborator and, upon the master\’\’s death in 1850, the successor of his studio. Romanelli\’\’s mythological and allegorical compositions were highly prized by a cosmopolitan clientele, and he exhibited select models in Paris. One such work, La Delusa, which he presented in 1851, was acquired by the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. In addition to collectors\’\’ marbles, Romanelli executed numerous important commissions for monuments, such as those to Vittorio Fossombroni in Arezzo, Masi in Pavia, and Demidoff in Florence. Romanelli\’\’s final tribute to his master, Bartolini\’\’s tomb monument, is housed in the Church of Santa Croce in Florence. After Romanelli\’\’s death in 1887, his son Raffaello and grandson Romano continued his legacy which lives on to the present day; the Romanelli studio (now a private museum) remains one of the few working studios in Florence.

A similar composition was sold Sotheby's London, Property from the Carbisdale Castle collection, May 20, 2015, lot 9.

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