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Source Image: PR691_01_17 of Fountain of Andrea Doria, Carrara

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Description

Back of the sculpture of Andrea Doria as Neptune.

Monument
Fountain of Andrea Doria, Carrara 
Monument Type
Statuary 
Material(s)
Luna Marble (Visual identification)  
Date
ad 1528 - ad 1538 
Keywords
Poseidon/Neptune  
Collections
Carrara  

Location

Original Location
Carrara 

Evidence for working practices

1. - Block joint

Process
Placement
Description
Additional blocks were added to the dolphins on the statue.

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Hard
Description
Marks of very rough point chiselling can be seen on the back of the statue which relate to its initial roughing-out.

3. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
The point chisel is used to roughly work and shape the marble. There are clearly different stages of carving from very rough to more refined present, indicating a less methodical approach to working stone.

Notes

The entire sculpture is unfinished and was a commission from the grateful city-fathers of Genoa for expelling the French and reestablishing the republic under imperial protection. It seems there were two periods when Bandinelli worked on the piece in 1529 and in 1537-1538 before abandoning the project.

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