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During the last thirty years of the 15th century, Renaissance Italy developed a passion for small bronze statuettes. As ornaments to be enjoyed in the solitude of the study or to enhance an elegant drawing room, they proved to be so popular that a flourishing industry was soon established. Their popularity was two-fold: firstly, there was a desire among art-lovers to possess copies of Classical works, and secondly, there was the pleasure of owning an original work of art. The finest and most numerous bronze statuettes were produced in Padua; it was in Venice that they acquired independent status; but it was in Florence that the art was born, and there it was logically developed.