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The 19th-century Carrara marble sculpture by P. Bazzanti of Florence portrays a captivating scene—a depiction of the young Michelangelo carving his earliest known work, a faun's head. This magnificent sculpture skillfully captures the essence of the young artist at work, holding a hammer and chisel while delicately crafting the faun's head, a symbolic representation of fertility.

The attention to detail is exquisite, with richly executed intricacies throughout the sculpture, showcasing the mastery of the artist in conveying the moment with precision and artistry. Elevated on a green marble pedestal, this piece not only embodies the craftsmanship of the sculptor but also pays homage to Michelangelo's artistic journey, encapsulating the budding talent of the renowned artist in a beautifully carved Carrara marble sculpture.

Signed: P. Bazzanti, Florence (Italian, 1825-1895)
Circa 1870


Height with pedestal: 73"  (185 cm)
Width with pedestal: 19"   (48 cm)
Depth with pedestal: 18"   (45 cm)

Height of sculpture: 38" (96 cm)
Width of sculpture: 17"  (43 cm) 
Depth of sculpture: 13" (33 cm)

Head of a faun is a lost sculpture by Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo, dating from circa 1489. His first known work of sculpture in marble, it was sculpted when he was 15 or 16 as a copy of an antique work with some minor alterations. According to Giorgio Vasari's biography of the artist, it was the creation of this work that secured the young Michelangelo the patronage of Lorenzo Dear Medici. 

Pietro Bazzanti (1825-1895), Son of the renowned sculptor Nicolò Bazzanti specialized in allegorical and genre subjects as well as copies of Antique and Renaissance sculpture. Regarded as one of the most talented sculptors of his day, his studio in Florence became a centre for other important sculptors such as Ferdinando Vichi, Cesare Lapini and Guglielmo Pugi. Many of these sculptor's works are inscribed Galleria Bazzanti