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Fortuna,The Goddess of Luck, Fate and Fortune 
Spiraling Bronze Statue
Sculptor / Artist: Jean Boulogne, known as Giambologna
Circa 1800's, after a 16th Century sculpture, Europe

 

Beautiful solid bronze, signed figural statue of Fortuna, with original dark patina intact,
resting on a round black marble base that has a raised bronze relief wrapping around the tall base.
Wonderful antique bronze goddess statue, after the work of Jean Boulogne.

Known in history as Giambologna, he created numerous famous monumental statues,
including his most famous, Mercury of 1565, the partner to this goddess, Fortuna.
The closed composition of spiral axis given to the figure is quite typical of Giambologna,
who is considered to be the most important sculptor in Europe between Michelangelo and Bernini.

This statue is an excellent example of the all-around visibility of freestanding sculpture, 
making this statue a work of art from all angles. This 16th century design was recreated 
over the centuries-this example was made in the 19th century. 
Many of the small statues (that were reproductions of the larger monumental statues) 
were given as gifts to Royalty. 

Giambologna has pieces in museums worldwide today. 
There are also many books on this artist and his works; 
Giambologna: The Complete Sculpture (Hardcover) by Charles Avery 
and The Sculptor Giovanni Bologna by James Holderbaum,
Please see the list of links below our bio for an online tour of his work.

Dimensions: 29 3/4" high, 8" diameter base.

Condition: In very good original condition, especially considering the age of this piece.
There are a couple of chips on the marble base, as shown in the photos below.

Item # DAS93: Price: $ 2,200.

About Fortuna: 
Fortuna is the Roman goddess of luck, fortune and of fate, and she is asteroid number 19 in the celestial chart given to us by the heavens at our birth. Fortuna represents the wheel of fortune, and June 24 is her special day, called Fors Fortuna. Fortuna in mythology determined if a person’s luck would be good or bad, or a bit of both, since Fortuna is the one who spins the wheel of fortune. Fortuna is the symbol of the old maxim “what goes around comes around” and she shows us how we can be up one moment and down the next. She was a very popular Goddess, and was worshipped under many epithets depending on the type of luck one wished to invoke or the circumstances in play. She had many temples in Rome itself, as well as having important cult-centers in Antium (the modern Anzio), a city on the west coast of Italy about 30 miles south of Rome, and Praeneste (modern Palestrina), about 20 miles south-east of Rome, both of which were cities of Latium, the land of the Latini tribes. Her many temples in Rome, and the various aspects of Her worship are a reflection of the manners in which She was honored: from personal Goddess, overseeing the fate of the individual mother, young man, or soldier, to a Goddess of the State, ensuring the fortune of the populace, the luck of the Emperor, or the glorious fate of the entire Roman Empire.
 

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Artist Bio: Giambologna (Jean Boulogne, 1529-1608) 
Giambologna, born as Jean Boulogne, also known as Giovanni Da Bologna and Giovanni Bologna (1529 - August 13, 1608), was a sculptor, known for his marble and bronze statuary in a late Renaissance or Mannerist style.

Imagine a late Renaissance sculptor who could do religious scenes with the epic grandeur of Michelangelo and then turn to extremely realistic animal figures or sensuous bronze female nudes. Giambologna (1529-1608), the quick, prolific court sculptor to Medici dukes, later a protege of Roman emperors and popes, is not well-known today though he rated a profile in Vasari's Lives. Born Jean Boulogne in what is now northern France, he  he moved to Italy in 1550, and studied in Rome. Giambologna made detailed study of the sculpture of classical antiquity. He was also much influenced by Michelangelo, but developed his own Mannerist style, with perhaps less emphasis on emotion and more emphasis on refined surfaces, cool elegance and beauty. Best known perhaps for his flying Mercury, Giambologna has a dramatic, fleshy style that seduces even when it is superficial.

Worldwide Museum Links Showing his works online:

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK

Louvre Museum Database, Paris

Louvre Museum Graphic Art Database, Paris 

The Wallace Collection, London, UK

The Victoria & Albert Museum

Giambologna at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City  

Metropolitan Museum of Art Timetable of Art History  

Metropolitan Museum of Art Timetable of Art History 

Giambologna at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan

Giambologna at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan

Giambologna at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Giambologna at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Kunsthistorisches Museum Databank, Vienna (in Germany)

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Museums and Galleries of Wales

Giambologna at the Prado Museum, Madrid

Le Musée de la Chartreuse de Douai, France

Rijksmuseum Research Database, Amsterdam (in Dutch)

Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK

Fondation Bemberg Museum, Toulouse, France

Palazzo Ruspoli, Rome

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)

Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California

Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Links to other artist information:

Florence Italy Exhibit

Codart Exhibt

Encyclopedia Britannica complete article on Giambologna

Oxford Dictionary of Art (eNotes)

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