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Italian School

19th century. "Etruscan warrior". Bronze.

84 x 28 x 26 cm.

Italian school; "Grand Tour", 19th century. "Etruscan Warrior". Bronze. Measurements: 84 x 28 x 26 cm. Bronze sculpture representing an Etruscan warrior, which can be deduced from the type of armour he is wearing. The piece, which is supported on a cylindrical base, shows the figure of a man with his hips slightly displaced, acquiring the well-known praxitelic curve, which shows the author's interest in and knowledge of classical statuary. This is also evident in the treatment of the rest of the figure's anatomy. Etruscan culture was one of the most highly valued in antiquity because it was surrounded by an aura of mystery; even their Greek contemporaries were intrigued by the sudden emergence of this people as a maritime and commercial power, by this ancient people who, according to Dionysius of Halicarnassus, "resemble no other in their language and customs". The term 'Grand Tour', which first appeared in Richard Lassels' 'Voyage d'Italie', was used to define the long voyage through Europe, especially Italy, which young British aristocrats regularly undertook from the 17th century onwards, but especially throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. The purpose of the journey was for young people to become acquainted with the art and culture of mainly France and Italy, to admire classical art at first hand, to learn or improve their knowledge of languages, and to establish contacts and relationships with the cultural and political elites of these countries. Travellers were often looking for pieces with which to start their own art collections, objects to take back to their places of residence as souvenirs. For this reason, workshops specialising in the replication of Roman pieces, both in bronze and marble, sprang up, some of which acquired a great reputation.