Lorenzo Bartolini (Italian, 17771850)
Marble; Diam. 54 in. (137.2 cm), H. 64 in. (162.6 cm)
Gift of Le Duc de Loubat, 1903 (03.11ad)
Commissioned by Count Anatoly Nicolaevich Demidoff, this subject is a complex, cosmological allegory best described in the sculptor's own words: "Stretched out upon the plan of the world is Cupid, god of generation, sustaining and watching over the symbolic genius of dissolute wealth without virtue, who snores in his sleep dreaming of past diversions in pleasure. Left to himself, the genius of ambitious rectitude in work sleeps the agitated sleep of misfortune and glory his head extending beyond the periphery of the world." The original plaster is in the Gipsoteca Bartoliniana, Florence.