Narcissus, or Dionysus
Italian (Neapolitan) School
Art / Sculpture
1870 - 1899
217 mm (Height); 88 mm (Diameter)
Place of origin
NaplesOrder this image
Greys Court, Oxfordshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at
Bronze sculpture, Narcissus, or Dionysus, Italian (Neapolitan) School, late 19th century. Copy of the bronze statue of the original, now in the Museo Nazionale, Naples which was discovered in 1862 in Pompeii.
Bronze sculpture, Narcissus, or Dionysus, Italian (Neapolitan) School, late 19th century. Copy of the bronze statue of the original, now in the Museo Nazionale, Naples which was discovered in 1862 in Pompeii. The sculpture is signed 'G. Sommer Napoli' on the base. Giorgio Sommer was a German born photographer working in Naples and became one of the most important and prolific European photographer on the 19th century. Sommer’s catalog included images from the Vatican Museum, the National Archeological Museum at Naples, the Roman ruins at Pompeii, as well as street and architectural scenes of Naples, Florence, Rome, Capri and Sicily. Most notably, Sommer published his comprehensive album Dintorni di Napoli which contained over one hundred images of everyday scenes in Naples. In April 1872, he documented a very large eruption of Mount Vesuvius in a series of stunning photographs. He was well known for photographing pieces such as the original of this particular Dionysus. Although there doesn't seem to be any particular reference to him being a sculpture, all research leads be to believe that G. Sommer the photographer and the G. Sommer who's signature appears on this piece are one in the same.
Marks and inscriptions
Top of base: 'G. Sommer Napoli' marked on top of base.
Makers and roles
Italian (Neapolitan) School, sculptor
Haskell and Penny 1981 Francis Haskell and Nicholas Penny, Taste and the Antique, The Lure of Classical Sculpture 1500 - 1900, Yale, 1981, 64, fig. 141