Head of Faun - Item #91
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Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
18 Inches High x 7.5 Inches Wide x 8.5 Inches Deep
This head is from a sculpture of a jovial faun, or more likely, a satyr, in the Uffizi Gallery. The original marble sculpture, an ancient work, was missing the head, arms, and parts of the legs and the tree trunk support included in some casts. It was restored in the 17th century or earlier as a satyr with cymbals, as seen today, but there is speculation as to its true composition. (For further reading, see Habetzeder below.) The sculpture was first recorded in the collection of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, a Medici, in 1665, and it was in its current home in the Tribuna of the Uffizi Gallery by 1688. Quickly regarded as one of the greatest extant ancient sculptures, it was replicated by artists and reproduced as casts. Two other copies of the Uffizi sculpture, with variations, were excavated in the 1630s in Rome. A reduction of the sculpture is available as Item #213.
Museum: Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
Time Period: Unknown, 17th century or earlier
Cambareri, Marietta. "Giovanni Battista Foggini, Florence 1652-1725: Dancing Faun." Italian and Spanish Sculpture: Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection, written by Peggy Fogelman and Peter Fusco with Marietta Cambareri, Getty Publications, 2002, pp. 238-243. Google Books, https://books.google.com/books?id=GHw1AgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false.
"Dancing Faun." Royal Academy of Arts, https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/dancing-faun.
"Dancing Faun." The J. Paul Getty Museum, http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/244983/pietro-cipriani-dancing-faun-italian-1722-1724/?dz=#9cbf754d947efca15754d4fff2bc58359ec7f3d7.
Habetzeder, Julia. "The impact of restoration. The example of the dancing satyr in the Uffizi." Opuscula: Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, no. 5, 2012, pp. 133-163. Academia.edu, https://www.academia.edu/2065113/The_impact_of_ restoration._The_example_of_the_dancing_satyr_in_the_Uffizi.