London Art Week – Tomasso Brothers

Canova and His Legacy , Tomasso Brothers Fine Art , Marquis House, 67 Jermyn Street, St. James’s, London SW1

Antonio D’Este (1754-1837)
(Workshop of)
Herm of Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
White Marble
55 cm (21 ½ in.) high
32 cm (12 ½ in.) wide

Having given a flavour of what exhibitions are on in Mayfair and St James’s in the post on Mayfair Art Weekend I thought it appropriate to focus on one gallery to indicate the myriad delights in store at London Art Week 2017 (30th June – 7th July 2017).

Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Cast by Vincenzo Malpieri
Paris and Helen, 1812
Paris: 72 x 30 x 26 cm
Helen: 67,5 x 33 x 29 cm
‘ANT • CANOVA • F • A • 1812’ (Paris)
Possibly Francesco Barisan, Castelfranco Veneto, Italy, purchased from Canova in 1814
Private collection, Veneto, Italy

How better than by marking the opening of Tomasso Brothers new gallery space with this exhibition which gloriously celebrates Antonio Canova’s genius and influence. Rafaello Tomasso says: “We chose Canova as a central subject for this exhibition because, like Michelangelo and Bernini, Canova was a revolutionary force in the field of sculpture.  His impact on the Italian School and beyond cannot be overstated.  Throughout the Neoclassical period his workshop represented the focal point of sculptural studies in Europe and for generations of marble carvers to come.  His legacy reached as far away as Denmark and Scotland, Germany and Spain.”

Cincinnato Baruzzo (1796-1878)
Baccante Cimbalista, 1837
White Marble
148 cm (58 ¼ in.) high

A Paris debut

Tomasso Brothers Fine Art at La Biennale des Antiquaires, Grand Palais, Paris, until 18th September 2016


François Girardon (1628-1715), Bust of Modios Asiatikos, bronze, 43.8cm high, 34.4cm wide.

François Girardon (1628-1715),
Bust of Modios Asiatikos, bronze,
43.8cm high, 34.4cm wide.

This is the first time that the notable gallery Tomasso Brothers Fine Art have exhibited at the celebrated La Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris. Among the pieces they are showing is this bronze portrait bust of the famed ancient Greek physician Modios Asiatikos by François Girardon, who worked for Louis XIV.  It is recorded as being in the sculptor’s own collection and is illustrated in the series of engravings entitled La Galerie de Girardon (c. 1709) and more recently is included in the new monograph on Girardon.  If such clear provenance was not enough on its own then prospective purchasers may be interested to know that it also bears an inventory mark for the Tuilleries Palace.