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Amazing 18th-Century Sculpture Has A Net Carved From A Single Block Of Marble

Il Disinganno, or The Release from Deception, is a sculpture by artist Francesco Queirolo of the 18th century that showcases a delicate and impressive net carved out of marble and draped over a man who faces an angel.

The symbolism is as rich as the skill and as deep as an ocean. When one gazes upon the sculpture, it’s up to them to decide what it means to them and their lives and whether the piece of artwork takes on a religious meaning or a secular one.

Marble as a canvas allows those who observe the sculpture to see how dynamic marble is as a medium as well as the skill of the craft by world-renowned sculptors.

The knots in the net and the drapery that is wrapped around the fisherman showcases intricate details and, according to My Modern Met, Queirolo’s legacy as one of Italy’s leading 18th-century artists.

The piece is regarded as pièce de résistance as an angel is depicted untangling the man from the net which is sin. The Biblical meaning is that the man is freed by the angel of his sin and introduced to the Bible which rests at his feed.

The secular symbolism takes on man’s intellect (the torch) and worldly passions (the globe).

Virtue of vice? You decide.

The Release from Deception

photo credit: museosansevero

photo credit: museosansevero

photo credit: museosansevero

photo credit: Elzo

photo credit: Elzo

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