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This statue is titled ‘Boy Extracting Thorn’ in the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney in New South Wales. The work by AW Rosemen is a replica of the famous ‘Fidele’ (faithful), also known as ‘The Spinario’ statue.

The original statue known as ‘Fidele’ (faithful) was a bronze Hellenistic statue that had been given to the City of Rome by Pope Sixtus IV in the twelfth century. The original sculpture stands in the centre of a room in the Palazzo dei Conservatori in Rome.

Statue 'Boy Extracting Thorn', Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney NSW
Statue ‘Boy Extracting Thorn’, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney NSW

Since then, there have been a number of copies made in both bronze and marble. A marble copy of the famous ‘Fidele’ statue was imported into Australia from Italy, in 1883.

Statue 'Boy Extracting Thorn', Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney NSW
Statue ‘Boy Extracting Thorn’, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney NSW

This photograph was taken, pointing up to an overcast sky in May 2001

Statue 'Boy Extracting Thorn', Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney NSW
Statue ‘Boy Extracting Thorn’, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney NSW

Footnote & References

  1. Statue ‘Boy Extracting Thorn’, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, 1986, Archives & History Resources, City of Sydney, https://archives.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/nodes/view/675232
  2. Sculpture Walk, The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/visit/map#/tours/8
  3. Sculpture at the Gardens, The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/learn/living-learning/primary-school-resources/garden-art/sculpture-at-the-gardens
  4. The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/

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