A fine pair of white marble busts of a Man and Woman depicted as the Greek Lovers Meleager and Atalanta

A fine pair of white marble busts of a Man and Woman depicted as the Greek Lovers Meleager and Atalanta



Circle of Gabriel Grupello



Late 17th or early 18th Century







Size: 88cm high
Each on a turned stone socle, these attractive and very decorative
marble sculptures were once houses in a niche as evidenced by an iron
ring set into the reverse and by the rough finishing on the reserve of
each head.
They may well represent a pair of portraits commissioned on the
occasion of the sitters' betrothal or marriage. At this time it was a
popular fancy or conceit to have one's portrait sculpted in the guise
of ancient divines such as these lovers Meleager and Atalanta.
Gabriel Grupello 1644-1730 was a pupil of Artus Quellinus the Elder and
worked in several European centres, including Brussels and
Dí¼sseldorf. The facial characteristics of these two busts compare
stylistically to several works by Grupello especially to that of a
full-length figure of Galatea by him in the park of the Palace at
Schwetzingen.
(Kultermann, op.cit., fig.63)

A fine pair of white marble busts of a Man and Woman depicted as the Greek Lovers Meleager and Atalanta

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