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ID number:  BIRBI-48.4
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  attributed to Bertos, Francesco (1678-1641)
Title / Object name:  The drunken Silenus
Object type:  Sculpture
Place made:  Venice
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  Model and Cast: early 18th century
Materials:  Bronze
Measurements:  24.7 x 22.5 cm
Provenance:  Purchased from A. Speto, May 1948, for £120

This finely detailed bronze has only very recently been recognized as very probably the work of Francesco Bertos, who produced some of the most extraordinary, even eccentric, but virtuosic sculptures of the 18th century. It represents Silenus, the fat and drunken but wise follower of Bacchus, drinking wine from a bowl while slouched on his donkey, and supported by a companion faun. It is one of only two recorded casts of this model, although Bertos also made a related marble sculpture of the subject.

Inscriptions / Translations:  None

Notes:  An inferior variant is recorded in W. Bode, 'The Italian bronze statuettes of the Renaissance', III, 1912, p. 15.
Model and Cast: Venice.

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