Boy Extracting Thorn Statue
Public Art : Boy Extracting Thorn is a replica of the
bronze sculpture The Spinarius. The statue is also known as : Boy with Thorn, Boy Plucking a Thorn from
the Foot, Fidele (faithful), Fedelino and/or 'Spinario' and Fedele Capitolino.
Sculptor : Unknown
Date : c.1800's (original dates back to the
Hellenistic Period between 5th- 4th century BC)
Description : A damaged
marble statue of a naked young boy extracting a thorn from his foot, as he sits on a log.
Location : Royal
Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia
History of the Boy Extracting Thorn
Statue : This marble copy of the famous 'Fidele' (faithful) statue was imported into Australia from
Italy, in 1883. The original statue known as 'Fidele' (faithful) or 'The Spinarius' was a bronze Hellenistic statue
given to the City of Rome by Pope Sixtus IV in the twelfth century. The subject matter is believed to be
the Roman messenger boy, Marcius, who, despite having a prickle in his foot, braved the pain to deliver
his message. The original 1st Century BC statue was discovered between 1165-1167 (believed to be of Greek
origins) but now stands in the center of a room in the Palazzo dei Conservatori in Rome . Other copies of thorn boy can be found in the Uffizi gallery in Florence. This statue became
one of the first to be copied during the Renaissance Period in both bronze and marble.
So Where Are the Copies ?
The original "Spinario" statue resides at Palazzo dei Conservatori in Rome .
A Roman marble copy of Spinario (Boy With Thorn) can be found in a corridor of the Uffizi
Severo da Ravenna and Jacopo Buonaccolsi made copies and renamed it "L'Antico", but location unknown.
Antonello Gagini version is believed to now be in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Giovanni Fancelli and Jacopo Sansovino, made a copy for Francois I.