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Statua Della Dovizia

Statue of Abundance


 

Erected in 1431 in the Piazza dell Repubblica (then the Piazza del Mercado Vecchio), the original granite Column of Abundance was topped with a statue by Donatello in pietra serena sandstone representing the goddess of plenty holding a cornucopia, filled with fruits and vegetables.

 

On October 20, 1721, a victim of bad weather and the brittle nature of sandstone, Donatello's goddess fell to the ground and broke into a thousand irreparable pieces. Giovanni Battista Foggini (1652-1725), sculptor and architect to the court of Grand Duke Cosimo III, was commissioned to replace it with another statue resembling that of Donatello.


Even this did not survive well, however, as it suffered during the dismantling of the Mercato many years later.  It now stands in the Cassa di Risparmio (the old Savings Bank of Florence, now a museum).


Florence, Italy

November 10, 2011

 

Statua Della Dovizia

Statue of Abundance


 

Erected in 1431 in the Piazza dell Repubblica (then the Piazza del Mercado Vecchio), the original granite Column of Abundance was topped with a statue by Donatello in pietra serena sandstone representing the goddess of plenty holding a cornucopia, filled with fruits and vegetables.

 

On October 20, 1721, a victim of bad weather and the brittle nature of sandstone, Donatello's goddess fell to the ground and broke into a thousand irreparable pieces. Giovanni Battista Foggini (1652-1725), sculptor and architect to the court of Grand Duke Cosimo III, was commissioned to replace it with another statue resembling that of Donatello.


Even this did not survive well, however, as it suffered during the dismantling of the Mercato many years later.  It now stands in the Cassa di Risparmio (the old Savings Bank of Florence, now a museum).


Florence, Italy

November 10, 2011

 

comments (16)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Apr 2012, 05:49
It does look a little weatherworn but it is still a fine work of art
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: She's sure seen better days, but you can see a flicker of her old self!
I am a big Donatello fan Elizabeth. Have you seen his Mary Magdalene in wood.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes!! Isn't it unusual and incredible!!
Interesting narrative, in a way it is reassuring that nothing stays perfect for ever.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Makes me feel better about myself! smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 17 Apr 2012, 09:35
Her beauty still shines through, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I agree Lisl!
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Apr 2012, 10:04
With all it misfortunes Elizabeth still a fine piece of workmanship.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You can still see how amazing she once was!
Abun-Dance...uhm..it does look like the dancing goddess of the Abundance Discotheque, Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile That's right Juan Carlos - that's exactly what I meant!
It still has a weathered kind of beauty,which, in many cases, can be better than the pristine I think, Ellie.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I think you're right Frank! At least in my case! smile
Surviving through centuries is not that easy Elizabeth!
Fine capture.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: No - I can attest to that! smile
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Apr 2012, 11:45
Time has added to the charm of this fine statue. I like the weather distressed look that makes it look and feel old.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I think so too - she's still beautiful!
A battered beauty but still a beauty nonetheless
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Can be said for many of us!!
This still looks a fine work of art, despite the obvious damage
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I like that her face is still so beautiful!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Apr 2012, 14:49
Oh dear! Looks like fate has had a hand in this. (Her hand, perhaps? smile )
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile Very funny!!!
now that's art.
Nice one!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Rob! She's quite beautiful isn't she!
Poor old statue...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Ah but she's survived!
It is a beautiful sculpture Elizabeth but made out of sandstone...twice!... not a good idea... nice framing and thanks for the history...petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They were apparently not quick learners!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Apr 2012, 08:32
She's abundantly blessed with bad fortune, then, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Unfortunately yes!

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