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The Demidoff Table (detail)


The Demidoff Table (detail)

Marble table by Lorenzo Bartolini (1777 – 1850)

Bartolini describes this detail: “Left to himself, the Genius of ambitious rectitude in work sleeps the agitated sleep of misfortune and glory…. his head extending beyond the perifphery of the world.” The table is signed and dated 1845, and was commissioned by Count Anatoly Nicolayevich Demidoff. It was given to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1903, and was positioned in the middle of the intersection of hallways when I saw it. Cupid and another sleeping boy also appear on the other side of the table top. Captured July 5, 2008.