Sea Monsters - Attributed to Severo Calzetta da Ravenna (1496-died before 1543)

Attributed to Severo Calzetta da Ravenna (1496- died before 1543)

Two sea monsters

Brown patina bronze sculptures

Dimensions : H 3,7 - W 5,3 - and H 2,7 - W 2,9 inches

Those sculptures are attributed to the artist Severo Calzetta da Ravenna, active in Ravenna and Padua from 1496 to 1538. He excelled in the realization of small bronzes representing satyrs as well as newts, these hybrid beings between man and fish. He presents them sometimes dancing, sometimes in the form of an inkwell or even a candlestick, in very characteristic contorted positions. 

His bronzes belong to many prestigious museum collections, including: A bronze “Triton” sea monster at the Staadlich Museum in Berlin, M39 / 107.

A sea monster shaped inkwell, belonging to the Metropolitan Museum of New York, accession number 25.142.7

A candlestick representing a newt bitten by a snake, from the workshop of da Ravenna, in the Louvre Museum in Paris, inv OA6942.

Dancing satyrs, attributed to Severo da Ravenna, collection Fondation Bemberg in Toulouse, France.

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