Workshop of Filippo and Domenico Parodi
Genoa, c. 1700
Black-painted and gilt wood; imitation marble and porphyry wood base
Gift of Monsieur and Madame Joseph Spiridon, 1944
Restored with the support of Madame Amic
Inv. 35184 A-à-D
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The sculptor Filippo Parodi (1630-1702), who introduced Bernini’s aesthetic to Genoa, enhanced interior design with the use of sculpture; he was succeeded in this activity by his son Domenico (1668-1740). This wood figure, accompanied by three others, must once have adorned a gallery in a patrician palace ; the colors suggest patinated gilt bronze, a nobler material.