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Plaster cast - Bust of a Woman
  • Bust of a Woman
    Laurana, Francesco, born 1425 - died 1502
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Bust of a Woman

  • Object:

    Plaster cast

  • Place of origin:

    Naples, Italy (sculpted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1472 (sculpted)
    1889 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Laurana, Francesco, born 1425 - died 1502 (after, sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast

  • Museum number:

    REPRO.1889-94

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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Physical description

Plaster cast, portrait bust of a woman after marble original by Francesco Laurana. The sitter has been tentatively identified as Ippolita Maria Sforza, the wife of King Alfonso II of Naples, but this theory is not based on any secure evidence. The faint incised decoration of the dress, was, on the original, a richly gilded pattern. The hole at the breast may once have been covered by a metal brooch or pendant and the cartouche might have originally contained the sitter's name.

Place of Origin

Naples, Italy (sculpted)

Date

ca. 1472 (sculpted)
1889 (cast)

Artist/maker

Laurana, Francesco, born 1425 - died 1502 (after, sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast

Dimensions

Height: 51 cm, Width: 46 cm

Object history note

Purchased from the Berlin Museum in 1889 for 15 marks

Historical context note

This cast represents one of nine female portrait busts ascribed to Laurana on the basis of their resemblance to a series of documented figures of the Virgin and Child in Sicily. Two of these busts, in the Frick Collection, New York, and in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., are closely related to the portrait in this cast as they appear to represent the same person, and have similar bases decorated with classicizing figures. The sitter has been tentatively identified as Ippolita Maria Sforza, the wife of King Alfonso II of Naples, but this theory is not based on any secure evidence. The lost portrait bust in Berlin had the remains of extensive pigmentation, and the faint incised decoration of the dress, was, on the original, a richly gilded pattern. The hole at the breast may once have been covered by a metal brooch or pendant and the cartouche might have originally contained the sitter's name.

The original painted and gilded marble bust was formerly in Berlin, Germany, but was destroyed in 1945

Descriptive line

Plaster cast (1889-1894) of a Bust of a Woman by Fransceco Laurana, Italy, cast ca. 1889

Subjects depicted

Busts; Sforza, Ippolita Maria

Categories

Sculpture

Collection code

SCP

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