Statues - Hither & Thither

Italy
Modena
Modena (prov.)

Emilia-Romagna

Via Belle Arti 16
(Scuola d'Arte)

'Saturno che divora i suoi figli'

'Saturn devouring his children'

Cronus, in Roman mythology Saturn, was the leader and youngest of the first generation of Titans
(Wikipedia)
Antique Roman or Greek sculptor
antiquity

Modena /  'Saturno che divora i suoi figli'   Modena /  'Saturno che divora i suoi figli'

Description

Marble statue generally known as 'Saturn devouring his children' but actually a complex allegory of birth. The sculpture was removed from the Este villa of Tivoli (Rome) by Duke Ercole III d'Este in 1786 when he moved the art school he founded six years earlier. By the will of the duke the sculpture was placed at the entrance hall of the academy On the stand the inscription "Quicquid est temporis studiis proferamus" invites to devote to study all available time.

Inscription(s)

QVICQVID
EST TEMPORIS
STVDIIS
PROFERAMVS

plin. lib. iii. ep. vii

Sculptor

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Location (N 44°38'56" - E 10°55'38")

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