Atlas Supporting the Globe of Heaven

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Italian School
16th cent.
Padua, Italy, early 16th century
Bronze.
7 1/8 x 7 1/4 inches (180 x 185 mm); base: 5 1/2 inches (140 mm), maximum length
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Warburg in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Library.
AZ060
Provenance: 
Edward Mortimer Morris Warburg (1908-1992) and Mary Whelan Prue Warburg (1908-2009), New York.
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Severo da Ravenna is responsible for the invention of an oil lamp featuring Atlas supporting the heavenly globe (see Frick Collection, 1915.2.24 for a fine version from Severo's workshop). This popular bronze continued to be produced in variants from parts, and is thus known in multiple forms. The present iteration, assembled from parts, is not particularly distinguished by its craftsmanship.

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Atlas supporting the globe on his shoulder, crouching on a triangular base with a shell.

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