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Reference:4623 Pietro Aretino and the Phallic Satyr, c. 1540

Bust of Pietro Aretino to right, in high relief, draped and wearing a coat with collar. The head of a Satyr in high relief, its features comprising male genitalia. Unsigned. Bronze, cast. 47 mm. in diameter.

Condition: Very fine, attractive with a medium to light brown patina. The flan slightly buckled and some flatness on the uppermost part of the relief, but a good quality cast of this very elaborate composition.

References: Bargello 812; Attwood 405; Muzeo Mazzuchelli I, Plate LXIII; R. B. Waddington ' Before Arcimboldo: Composite Portraits on Italian Medals', The Medal 14, 12-23.