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Romolo Ferrucci del Tadda - (Florence 1544 – Florence 1621)

The Villano for Livorno

White Carrara marble, ca. cm 144 high

Provenance: Livorno, Fontana del Villano (documented prior to 1737); Tamaro De Marinis collection, Florence, early 20th Century.

At your disposal the book written by Dr. Dimitrios Zikos: Romolo Ferrucci del Tadda, the Villano for Livorno. A case of the Success of a Giambologna’s model in Tuscany, Florence 2012

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This copy was a free interpretation of the «Villano», or Standing Paesant. It was carved for a fountain in Livorno, the busy port of Tuscany, by Romolo Ferrucci, called ‹del Tadda› (1544-1621), a member of a famous family of sculptors from Fiesole, and son of Francesco del Tacca, the first to re-discover the secret of tempering porphyry after Antiquity.

The story of the Livorno «Villano» is of great interest both for the reception of Giambologna in Italy and for the study of early 17th-century Tuscan sculpture. Anthea Brook has already referred to it. It was nevertheless overlooked in recent Giambologna studies nor have scholars of Romolo Ferrucci noticed the dependency of this statue from a model invented by Giambologna.

Dimitrios Zikos

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