Dancing Faun

Object Details


Dancing Faun


Giovanni Battista Foggini (Italian, 1652 - 1725)




Florence, Italy (Place created)


about 1700




54 cm (21 1/4 in.)

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Because of his association with Bacchus, the Greek god of wine, the faun usually appears in art with a goatlike face, pointed ears, a tail, and horns. Identified by the Romans as Pan, the god of woods and field, flocks and herds, he was able to charm nymphs with his music. This subject, common in antiquity, regained popularity in the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Giovanni Battista Foggini, who worked at a time when Florence witnessed an intense interest in the production of bronze reductions of ancient works, based this sculpture on a Hellenistic marble statue in the collection of the Galleria degli Uffizi. Along with only two others of the many known copies of the ancient work, this one includes the tree trunk from the ancient marble, which draws a parallel to the antique but is not needed for support. He may have created the sculpture as a diplomatic gift from the Medici court.

- 1998

Private Collection (England) [sold, Christie's, South Kensington, "Souveniers of the Grand Tour and Neoclassical Decorations", 21 October 1998, lot 40 to Patricia Wengraf Ltd.]

1998 - 2000

Patricia Wengraf Ltd. (London, United Kingdom), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2000.

Rome on the Grand Tour (January 8 to August 11, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), January 8 to August 11, 2002
Giuseppe Vasi's Rome: Lasting Impressions from the Age of the Grand Tour (September 25, 2010 to June 12, 2011) (110)
  • Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, (Eugene), September 25, 2010 to January 2, 2011

Burlington Magazine 141 (May 1999) ill. xiv.

Fogelman, Peggy and Peter Fusco with Marietta Cambareri. Italian and Spanish Sculpture: Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002) pp. 238-43, no. 30, p. 357, fig. 8, pp. 362-63.

Italian and Spanish Sculpture: Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2002) pp. 238-243, ills. 30, 30C-30E, p. 357, ill. 8.