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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Cast Courts, Room 46b, The Weston Cast Court

Rinaldo della Luna

Plaster Cast
1461 (sculpted), ca. 1885 (cast)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is a plaster cast of an original marble bust of Rinaldo della Luna at the age of 27 sculpted by Mino da Fiesole in Florence in 1461. The della Luna family were renowned as men of letters and humanists in Florence during the renaissance. The plaster cast was made in about 1885 by Oronzio Lelli, an Italian firm based in Florence.

Mino da Fiesole (or Mino di Giovanni)(ca. 1429 – 1484), was a sculptor from Tuscany specialising in marble. He was influenced by Desiderio da Settignano and Antonio Rosselino and is well known for his portrait busts.

Plaster casts were especially sought after during the 19th century, when reproductions of great works of sculpture and architecture were thought crucial for the training of artists. A separating substance was applied to the surface of the work to be reproduced, and a plaster mould made from that. The mould would then be used to make any number of additional plaster copies. These were often sold to artists, and later in the century to art colleges for study purposes.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Plaster cast
Brief Description
Plaster cast, painted plaster, after original marble bust of Rinaldo della Luna, in the Museo Nazionale Florence (Bargello), by Mino da Fiesole, Italy (Florence), 1461, cast by Oronzio Lelli, Italy (Florence), ca. 1885
Dimensions
  • Height: 38cm
  • Width: 40.5cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'RINALDO DELLA LVNA SVE · ETATIS · ANNO XXVII OPVS MINI.NE. MCCCCLXI'
Gallery Label
The inscription around the base gives the sitter’s name, his age, 27, and the date, 1461. The della Luna family were renowned men of letters in 15th-century Florence. The plaster cast was made in the 19th century when busts like this were of great interest. They were seen to illustrate the vibrant literary and artistic world of the Florentine Renaissance.
Object history
Purchased from Oronzio Lelli in 1885 for 8s 4d (10 lire).
Historical context
Inscribed around the base with the sitter's name, giving his age as 27 years, together with the artist's name and the date, 1461. RINALDO DELLA LVNA SVE·ETATIS·ANNO XXVII OPVS MINI·NE·MCCCCLXI.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This is a plaster cast of an original marble bust of Rinaldo della Luna at the age of 27 sculpted by Mino da Fiesole in Florence in 1461. The della Luna family were renowned as men of letters and humanists in Florence during the renaissance. The plaster cast was made in about 1885 by Oronzio Lelli, an Italian firm based in Florence.



Mino da Fiesole (or Mino di Giovanni)(ca. 1429 – 1484), was a sculptor from Tuscany specialising in marble. He was influenced by Desiderio da Settignano and Antonio Rosselino and is well known for his portrait busts.



Plaster casts were especially sought after during the 19th century, when reproductions of great works of sculpture and architecture were thought crucial for the training of artists. A separating substance was applied to the surface of the work to be reproduced, and a plaster mould made from that. The mould would then be used to make any number of additional plaster copies. These were often sold to artists, and later in the century to art colleges for study purposes.
Collection
Accession Number
REPRO.1885-135

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record createdDecember 7, 1999
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