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ID number:  BIRBI-48.3
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Italian
Title / Object name:  The Farnese Bull (The Punishment of Dirce)
Object type:  Sculpture
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  Model and Cast: perhaps 17th century (after the antique)
Materials:  Bronze
Measurements:  42.9 x 38 x 36 cm
Provenance:  Purchased from Alfred Spero, May 1948, for £300

This is one of many small reproductions after a celebrated life-size antique marble group, excavated in Rome in 1545, and placed in the Palazzo Farnese there. In poor condition, the marble was restored in about 1579 in line with Pliny’s account of a large marble group representing the story of Dirce; she was tied to a wild bull by the two sons of Antiope for her cruelty to their mother. This cast was probably made in Rome or northern Italy, perhaps before 1700.

Notes:  Model and cast: Italian, perhaps 17th century (after the antique)

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