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Mercury and Argus

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Mercury and Argus


Aspetti, Tiziano style of (sculptor) [ULAN info: Italian artist, c.1565-1607]




figure group




Bronze, cast. Mercury stands on his right leg with left relaxed at the knee and its foot, resting on the head of Argus. His right arm, bent at the elbow is held up in front of him, and his left holds to his left thigh a drape which descends to the ground and billows forward to the right of his right leg.

Production Place

Venice (sculptor) (place)

Italy (sculptor) (country)

Venetian (sculptor) (nationality)

Italian (sculptor) (nationality)

Technique Description

bronze, cast


height: (whole): 20.3 cm


early 17th Century


circa 1600 to 1630


given: The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum 1961 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Peel and Humprhis, Bond Street, London

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


  1. (1962) Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Fifty-third Annual Report, for the Year 1961, Cambridge (Cambs.) [page: p. 3]
    [comments: Publ. Illustrated, back cover and p. 3]
  2. Avery, Victoria (2002) Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, London: Gli Ori [page: p. 315]
    [comments: Publ. p. 315, checklist no. 41]
  3. Krahn, Volker (2003) Bronzetti Veneziani, Die venezianischen Kleinbronzen der Renaissance aus dem Bode-Museum Berlin, Berlin: Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin [page: 148-51]
    [comments: Cf.pp. 148-51, no. 37, a variant, after a model by Girolamo Campagna (?), Venice, about 1600.]

Other Notes

Argus, a many-eyed hero, was killed by Mercury, who charmed him to sleep with a flute, then crushed him with a boulder and cut off his head.

Accession Number

M.3-1961 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 13961; Input Date: 2000-10-09 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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