Bronzes of the 16th and 17th centuries represent a fascinating theme for collectors who however must work hard to become connoisseurs in order to detect fine pieces and make good business at the same time.
These bronzes are among the most beautiful objects of art to be found on the market but, strangely enough, they don't always reach big prices at auction.
The rediscovery, of antique statues in several archeological sites in Italy at the end of the 14th century resulted in a majorbreak between sculptors who were attached to the traditional religious art and those who came to prefer mythological themes in copying these antique statues. Nevertheless, the latter brought about a revolution which started in Florence in 1336 when Andrea Pisano created the monumental door of the town Baptistery with the help of a bronze founder named Rossi from Perugia. In 1403, Lorenzo Ghiberti, in conceiving the "Heaven's doors" on the same spot launched at the same time an irreversible trend which went on to provoke deep changes in the art of sculpture.
In effect, for the first time since the fall of the Roman Empire, there were artists who turned their attention to creating equestrian and nude statues and it was from Florence and Padua that the new bronze techniques were developed before reaching the rest of Italy and neighbouring countries such as Germany, the southern part of the Netherlands and France.
Sculptors of the 15th century and of the beginning of the 16th century, drew largely their inspiration from many works created during Greek and Roman times, many centuries ago.
They soon went beyond the stage of copying to give a personal and talented touch to their works and some of them produced masterpieces which became rapidly in demand among European Courts.