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ID number:  BIRBI-45.11
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Italian
Title / Object name:  A soldier on horseback
Object type:  Sculpture
Place made:  Probably North Italy
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  16th century or later
Materials:  Bronze with marble base
Measurements:  15.3 x 15.5 cm excluding base
Provenance:  Purchased from Sotheby's, 9 November 1945, lot 63, for £120
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The rider of this group may have been intended to represent St George, and as such would have held a spear in his right hand, thrust into a crouching dragon. However, the figure is out of scale with the horse, and could have been associated with it later. The composition may be related to various Renaissance prototypes, in particular bronzes from the workshop of the Paduan sculptor Severo da Ravenna (active 1496-about 1543). The Barber group is, however, of relatively modest quality and is likely to be significantly later.

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