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Statuette - A Woman Bathing

A Woman Bathing

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Giambologna (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This statuette representing a woman bathing is made after a model by Giambologna, in South Germany in the 17th century.

Giambologna was born in Flanders as Giovanni Bologna (1524-1608), or short and went to Rome to study antique sculpture from about 1550 to 1553. He then travelled through Florence where he was persuaded to stay. He became sculptor to the Medici family and thus became one of the most influential sculptors of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. He drew attention to many artists from Northern Europe and disseminated his style mainly through small bronzes. He established an efficient and large workshop.

Physical description

Bronze statuette depicting a woman bathing mounted as a small fountain. She stands, naked, her left foot raised on a narrow triangular pedestal; she is drying her left breast and supporting a long towel on her lap with her right hand. The rectangular moulded base has an open mouthed grotesque mask in front, and is pierced at the back, apparently for a water pipe.

Place of Origin

Germany (possibly, made)


17th century (made)


Giambologna (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 32.5 cm excluding base, Height: 42 cm including base

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Statuette, bronze, depicting a woman bathing, mounted as a small fountain, after a model by Giambologna, possibly South German, 17th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 13

Production Note

Made in South Germany after a model by Giambologna



Subjects depicted

Fountains; Woman




Sculpture Collection

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