Mercury, Willem Danielsz. van Tetrode, c. 1560 - c. 1565
The winged Mercury is one of the most beloved themes in late 16th- and 17th-century bronze sculpture. As the swift messenger of the classical gods he is invariably shown in full flight, balancing only on the toes of one foot. This gave rise to an elegant composition that, in keeping with the aesthetics of Mannerism, afforded an enchanting profile from all angles.