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Tomasso Brothers - Masterpiece Stand 'Reconstructs' the Atrium of a Pompeian Villa

Ferdinando Tacca (1619-1686)  Mercury, c. 1650  Bronze  Height: 33 cm.

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COLLECTORS and curators heading to the city for London Art Week, an exciting collaboration between Master Paintings Week and Master Drawings and Sculpture Week from June 28 to July 5, 2013, will receive a warm welcome at Tomasso Brothers’ elegant new gallery at 12 Duke Street, St James’s, where they will find a superb selection of European sculpture.

Among the highlights will be a bronze figure of Mercury by Ferdinando Tacca (1619-1686), one of the great 17th century Florentine bronze sculptors who succeeded his father as court sculptor to Ferdinand II de’Medici in 1640.

The younger Tacca was the last to work in the Mannerist tradition established by Giambologna and, in fact, this 33-cm high bronze is a previously unknown variant of a Giambologna model. Mercury, the most popular of Roman gods, was not only a guide and messenger but also the god of commerce.

Visitors to Tomasso Brothers’ stand C2 at Masterpiece London, Royal Hospital Chelsea from June 27 to July 3, will find themselves transported back to Pompeii. The décor of the stand will be inspired by the astonishing fresco paintings, in particular from the House of Fannius in Boscoreale, and the Villa of Agrippa Postumo at Boscotrecase, both near Pompeii.

Acknowledging the wonderful aesthetic of the wall painting in this region prior to 79 AD, the stand ‘re-constructs’ a space akin to a Pompeian atrium – the reception area of any significant Roman villa. With the works on display, Dino and Raffaello Tomasso pay homage to the Antique, the term used between the 15th and 18th centuries to refer to the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome, then regarded as the ultimate aspiration and inspiration for any sculptor.

One of the highlights will be a monumental marble bust of Alexander the Great attributed to Bartolomeo Cavaceppi (1716-1799), modelled after the almost identical bust in Rome’s Capitoline Museum.

Tomasso Brothers Fine Art – Gallery opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm; Saturday, June 29, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, June 30, 12 noon to 5pm. Other Saturdays by appointment.

Masterpiece London, Stand C2 – Opening hours: Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28, 11am to 9pm; Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, 11am to 7pm; Monday, July 1, 11am to 9pm; Tuesday, July 2, 11am to 6pm.

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