Record details

  • generalData.authorNameInListings
    Cercle of Lorenzo Vaccaro
  • generalData.title
    Saint Michael the Archangel
  • generalData.creationDate
    Final del segle XVII
  • technicalData.measurements
    32 x 20 x 19 cm
  • technicalData.description
    Gilt bronze and silver.
  • technicalData.complementaryDescription
    Our sculpture is framed at the end of the 17th century in Naples. This work can be attributed to Lorenzo Vaccaro (sculptor) and Domenico Vinaccia (silversmith), two very influential artists in 17th century Naples. Vaccaro was a sculptor, modeller, plater and decorator, very complete in the plastic arts. Its production can be divided into three facets: marble sculpture, stucco and clay models for later elaboration in metal. This work can clearly be registered in this third facet of his production. Our work shares many iconographic and technical similarities with San Miguel Archangel in the Chapel of San Gennaro, made in 1691 by the same artists. In both sculptures you can see San Miguel with his sword in the air about to give the final blow to the dragon, who remains at his feet suffering. It is interesting to note how in our work, unlike that of San Gennaro, the archangel is looking directly at the dragon. The clothing is typical warrior armor, with scales on the chest and a helmet with plant motifs on the top. He wears a kind of caligas to protect his feet, leaving his knees exposed. The shields are completely different; this particular one is circular and could be representing the sun while the other has a very different shape with the inscription: "Qui ut deus".
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