Tuscan Artist of the second half of the XVI century
White marble from the Apuan Alps, cm. 48 x 43 x 17
The mascherone was used as a wall fountain and it was commissioned for the garden of a Villa. It’s probably dated in the second half of the XVI century, as we can notice from the style clearly inspired by artists as Bernardo Buontalenti and Michelangelo. We can ascribe it to a sculptor grown in Tuscany in the late Mannerism.
The subject represented is probably a satyr or a faun, as we can suppose by the two small horns on the forehead, and it’s typify by a lively and grotesque anthropomorphic physiognomy.
The big beady eyes, the corrugated forehead, the flattened nose and the extremely open mouth with teeth are characteristics of a model that was very common in the second half of the XVI century and that will launch the new Baroque movement.