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Plaster cast - Youthful St John the Baptist
  • Youthful St John the Baptist
    Desiderio da Settignano, born 1430 - died 1464
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Youthful St John the Baptist

  • Object:

    Plaster cast

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (city) (sculpted)
    Florence (city) (cast)

  • Date:

    3rd quarter 15th century (sculpted)
    ca. 1864 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Desiderio da Settignano, born 1430 - died 1464 (sculptor)
    Stiattesi Signor (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast

  • Museum number:

    REPRO.1864-12

  • Gallery location:

    Cast Courts, Room 46b, The Weston Cast Court , case FS, shelf C

Physical description

Plaster cast of a Pietra serena figure of a youthful St John the Baptist, ascribed to Desiderio da Settignano, third quarter of the 15th century, in Museo Nazionale (Bargello), Florence, Italy

Place of Origin

Florence (city) (sculpted)
Florence (city) (cast)

Date

3rd quarter 15th century (sculpted)
ca. 1864 (cast)

Artist/maker

Desiderio da Settignano, born 1430 - died 1464 (sculptor)
Stiattesi Signor (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast

Dimensions

Height: 51 cm, Width: 24.5 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Signor Stiattesi in 1864 for 4s (5 francs)

Historical context note

Formerly in the Badia a Settimo near Florence, the relief was purchased by Grand Duke Leopold II of Tuscany for the Uffizi Gallery in 1784, and passed to the Bargello during the 19th century. At the time that this cast was purchased (1864), this relief was attributed to Donatello (1386-1466). In 1903 the Youthful St John was ascribed to Desiderio by Fabriczy. A version in painted stucco exists in the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris, and there is a derivative tondo of marble and alabaster in the Museo Horne in Florence.

Descriptive line

Plaster cast of a Pietra serena figure of a youthful St John the Baptist, ascribed to Desiderio da Settignano, third quarter of the 15th century, in Museo Nazionale (Bargello), Florence, Italy, made by Signor Stiettesi, about 1864

Categories

Sculpture; Religion; Christianity

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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