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Bust - Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a Man

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (Padua, made)

  • Date:

    second half of the 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a marble bust made in the second half of the 16th century in Padua, Italy. The bust represents an unknown man wearing a robe or gown of rich diapered stuff. This bust was originally acquired from the University of Padua. In type the portrait is related to works by Alessandro Vittoria, but it is more rigid in pose and tight in handling. These characteristics relate it to the bust of Sperone Speroni in the Cathedral of Padua which was commissioned about 1588 from Francesco Segala but completed and signed by Girolamo Pagliari, who may also have been responsible for this bust.

Physical description

Portrait of an unknown personage wearing a robe or gown of rich diapered stuff.

Place of Origin

Italy (Padua, made)


second half of the 16th century (made)



Materials and Techniques



Height: 66.04 cm

Object history note

Bought from the Soulages Collection in 1865 for £25.

Descriptive line

Bust, marble, of the portrait of an unknown man, Paduan, second half of the 16th century

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

Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1865. Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol. 1. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 9
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. London, 1932, p. 106
Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume II: Text, Sixteenth to Twentieth Century. London: HMSO, 1964, p. 544



Subjects depicted



Sculpture; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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