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Bust

ca. 1860 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This is a terracotta bust of a lady made by Giovanni Bastianini in Florence in about 1860. This bust was thought to be a copy of a polychrome wooden bust now in the Louvre ascribed to Desiderio da Settignano. However, the bust in the Louvre is itself probably a forgery by Bastianini and the present bust may well have been the model for it.


Object details
Category
Object type
Materials and techniques
Terracotta
Brief description
Terracotta bust of a lady, Florentine, ca. 1860.
Physical description
Bust in terracotta. Looking straight forward, her hair bound with a scarf which is looped at the sides; wearing a high-waisted brocade gown, with V-shaped neck and puffed sleeves.
Dimensions
  • Height: 46.5cm
Subject depicted
Summary
This is a terracotta bust of a lady made by Giovanni Bastianini in Florence in about 1860. This bust was thought to be a copy of a polychrome wooden bust now in the Louvre ascribed to Desiderio da Settignano. However, the bust in the Louvre is itself probably a forgery by Bastianini and the present bust may well have been the model for it.
Bibliographic references
  • Pope-Hennessy, John. The forging of Italian Renaissance Sculpture. Apollo. 99, 1974. p. 260.
  • Schuyler, Jane. Florentine Busts: Sculpted Portraiture in the Fifteenth Century. New York: Garland Pub., London, 1976. pp. 217-218. fig. 109.
  • Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: HMSO, 1964. cat. no. 730. fig. no. 720.
  • Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. London, 1932. p. 169.
  • Bormand, Marc, Strozzi, Beatrice Paolozzi and Nicholas Penny, eds. [Exhibition catalogue] Desiderio da Settignano: Sculptor of Renaissance Florence. Catalogue of exhibition held Musée du Louvre, Paris, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence and National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2007. p. 156.
Collection
Accession number
A.9-1916

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Record createdFebruary 24, 2009
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