MASSIMILIANO SOLDANI-BENZI

Florence 1656 - 1740 Montevarchi
By virtue of his family background, Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi enjoyed the patronage of the Medici princes. After attending the Medici’s school for drawing in Florence, Grand Duke Cosimo III de Medici sent him to Rome for four years and thereafter to Paris, to have him trained as a medal-coiner. At the time his medallion portraits attracted much attention and both Christina of Sweden and Louis XIV made overtures to the young artist. But Soldani-Benzi returned to Florence and was appointed Director of the Granducal Mint. He was the finest bronze caster in late 17th century Europe.

Soldani’s workshop was located in the Galleria degli Uffizi. His reliefs, figures and busts were often modelled on classical antiquity. For Prince Johann Adam Andreas I of Liechtenstein Soldani created copies of old masterpieces from Florentine collections, such as sculptures by Michelangelo and Giambologna. He also produced works from his own designs.

Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi
Bacchanalia, 1695/1697

Bronze with red-gold lacquer patina, height 56 cm, width 78 cm
Inv.-No. SK827
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi, after Michelangelo Buonarotti
Bacchus, 1699/1701

Bronze with red-brown lacquer patina, height 198 cm
Inv.-No. SK573
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi, after the Antique
Bust of Agrippa, 1695

Bronze with red-gold lacquer patina, height 63 cm
Inv.-No. SK504
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi, after Gianlorenzo Bernini
Bust of Anima Dannata, 1705/1707

Bronze with golden-red patina, height 40 cm
Inv.-No. SK517
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi, after the Antique
Bust of Augustus, 1695

Bronze with red-gold lacquer patina, height 62 cm
Inv.-No. SK513
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi, after the Antique
Bust of Cicero, 1695

Bronze with red-gold lacquer patina, height 60 cm
Inv.-No. SK554
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi, after the Antique
Bust of Faustina the Younger, 1695

Bronze with red-gold lacquer patina, height 58 cm
Inv.-No. SK529
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi, after the Antique
Bust of Hadrian, 1695

Bronze with red-gold lacquer patina, height 68 cm
Inv.-No. SK571
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi
Bust of Marcus Aurelius as a Boy, 1707/1712

Bronze with red-gold lacquer patina, height 36 cm
Inv.-No. SK523
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi, after the Antique
Bust of Seneca, 1695

Bronze with red-gold lacquer patina, height 60 cm
Inv.-No. SK560
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi
Bust of the Anima Beata, 1705/1707

Bronze with golden-red patina, height 39 cm
Inv.-No. SK516
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi, after the Antique
Bust of Vitellius, 1695

Bronze with red-gold lacquer patina, height 59 cm
Inv.-No. SK563
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi
Child Bacchante, Clipping Cupid’s Wings, 1695

Bronze with brown-black lacquer patina, height 31 cm, width 35 cm
Inv.-No. SK123
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi
Christ on the Mount of Olives, c. 1722

Bronze with golden-brown lacquer patina, height 65 cm, width 45 cm
Inv.-No. SK912
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi, after the Antique
Dancing Faun, 1695/1697

Bronze with reddish brown patina, height 139 cm
Inv.-No. SK541
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi
Deposition, 1710/25

Terracotta, height 105 cm, width 74 cm, depth 13 cm
Inv.-No. SK1471
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi
Diana and Callisto, c. 1695/1700

Bronze with dark-brown lacquer patina, height 41 cm
Inv.-No. SK910
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi, after the Antique
Medici Venus, c. 1699/1702

bronze, with red-brown lacquer patina, height 158 cm
Inv.-No. SK537
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi
Peace embraces Justice, 1694

Bronze with yellow-brown lacquer patina, height 62 cm, width 45 cm
Inv.-No. SK540
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi
The Judgement of Paris, 1695/1700

Bronze, dark brown painted patina, height 38 cm
Inv.-No. SK911
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi
The Triumph of Virtue over Vice, c. 1701/1706

Bronze, dark brown lacquer patina, height 31 cm
Inv.-No. SK275
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi
Time reveals the Truth, 1695/1697

Bronze with red-gold lacquer patina, height 64 cm, width 45 cm
Inv.-No. SK536
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi
Venus plucking the wings of Cupid, c. 1718/1719

Bronze, height 41,5 cm, width 29,5 cm, depth 22 cm
Inv.-No. SK1501
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