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Pius IV

  • Object:

    Bust

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.40-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Born in 1499 as Giovanni de'Medici, Pius was Pope from 1559 to 1565. The bust is paired with one of Pope Sixtus V, and cannot therefore have been made before his accession in 1585, so that it must be posthumous. Both must have been made after the accession of Sixtus in 1585, and possibly still later. This bust together with A.40-1910 are probably from the same workshop. The head of Christ on the morse is related to a medallion by Leone Leoni.

Physical description

The pope is represented with head bowed, wearing a cope with representations of St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Andrew, and St. Simon. On the morse is a profile bust of Christ.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

ca. 1600 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Height: 78 cm, Height: 66 cm excluding socle, Width: 47.8 cm

Object history note

Bequeathed by H.C. Wilkinson, Esq.

Historical context note

Born in 1499 Pius was Pope from 1559 to 1565. The bust is paired with one of Pope Sixtus V, and cannot therefore have been made before his accession in 1585, so that it must be posthumous. The head of Christ on the morse is related to a medallion by Leone Leoni.

Descriptive line

Bust, bronze, Pope Pius IV, Italy (perhaps Rome), ca. 1600

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

Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 150
Pope-Hennessy, John, assisted by Lightbown, Ronald. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume II: Text. Sixteenth to Twentieth Century. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, p. 622, cat. no.655. vol.III, fig. 650

Labels and date

Born in 1499 Pius was Pope from 1559 to 1565. The bust is paired with one of Pope Sixtus V, and cannot therefore have been made before his accession in 1585, so that it must be posthumous. The head of Christ on the morse is related to a medallion by Leone Leoni. [Mrch 1999]

Production Note

perhaps Rome

Materials

Bronze

Categories

Portraits; Christianity; Religion; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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