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Benivieni

Bust
19th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This is a plaster bust model made as a forgery by Giovanni Bastianini in the 19th century Florence, Italy. The bust, in the style of the 15th century, was the original model for the bust in terracotta representing the poet Girolamo Benivieni (1453-1542). It is possible that the sitter was a Giuseppe Buonaiuti, an operative in a tobacco factory who was chosen on account of his resemblance to an engraving of Benivieni in Allegrini.

Giovanni Bastianini (1830 – 1868) was an Italian sculptor who started as a stonecutter in the quarries at Fiesole. Bastianini's name became famous in relation to his skillfull art forgery.
Bastianini loved Renaissance sculpture and took this for his main inspiration. He worked with a Florentine art and antique dealer (Giovanni Freppa) where he produced numerous neo-Renaissance works, most often busts and bas-reliefs in the style of Donatello, Verrocchio, Mino de Fiesole and other Italian masters.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Plaster
Brief description
Bust, plaster model, for the "Benivieni", Italian (Florence), by Giovanni Bastianini, 19th century, in the style of the 15th century
Physical description
Plaster bust in the style of the 15th century, an original model for the "Benivieni" bust in terracotta. He is gazing slightly upwards to his right. The head is severed above the line of the cap. On a moulded plaster base.
Dimensions
  • Height: 34.29cm
  • Width: 20.32cm
Object history
Given by Dr. Alessandro Foresi in 1869.
Production
Plaster model for a bust in the style of the 15th century
Summary
This is a plaster bust model made as a forgery by Giovanni Bastianini in the 19th century Florence, Italy. The bust, in the style of the 15th century, was the original model for the bust in terracotta representing the poet Girolamo Benivieni (1453-1542). It is possible that the sitter was a Giuseppe Buonaiuti, an operative in a tobacco factory who was chosen on account of his resemblance to an engraving of Benivieni in Allegrini.



Giovanni Bastianini (1830 – 1868) was an Italian sculptor who started as a stonecutter in the quarries at Fiesole. Bastianini's name became famous in relation to his skillfull art forgery.

Bastianini loved Renaissance sculpture and took this for his main inspiration. He worked with a Florentine art and antique dealer (Giovanni Freppa) where he produced numerous neo-Renaissance works, most often busts and bas-reliefs in the style of Donatello, Verrocchio, Mino de Fiesole and other Italian masters.

Bibliographic references
  • List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington, Acquired During the Year 1869, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., p. 44
  • Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. London, 1932, p. 168
  • Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: HMSO, 1964, cat. no. 724, fig. 716
Collection
Accession number
591-1869

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Record createdAugust 29, 2008
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