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Plaster cast - Portrait of a young woman

Portrait of a young woman

  • Object:

    Plaster cast

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (original, sculpted)
    Berlin (city) (plaster cast, cast)

  • Date:

    1450-1500 (sculpted)
    ca. 1889 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    dell'Aquila, Andrea (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster Cast

  • Museum number:

    REPRO.1889-91

  • Gallery location:

    Cast Courts, Room 46b, The Weston Cast Court , case FS, shelf N

This is a plaster cast of the limestone original that was formerly thought to represent a Princess of Urbino, and ascribed to Desiderio da Settignano, (b. about 1429; d. 1464). The bust is now ascribed to Andrea dell'Aquilla, who carved the marble relief depicting a Sybil, also in the Staatliche Museum, Berlin.

Plaster casts were especially sought after during the 19th century, when reproductions of great works of sculpture and architecture were thought crucial for the training of artists. A separating substance was applied to the surface of the work to be reproduced, and a plaster mould made from that. The mould would then be used to make any number of additional plaster copies. These were often sold to artists, and later in the century to art colleges for study purposes.

Place of Origin

Italy (original, sculpted)
Berlin (city) (plaster cast, cast)

Date

1450-1500 (sculpted)
ca. 1889 (cast)

Artist/maker

dell'Aquila, Andrea (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster Cast

Dimensions

Height: 48.5 cm, Width: 43.5 cm

Object history note

Purchased from the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany in 1889 for 15 marks.

Historical context note

Formerly thought to represent a Princess of Urbino, and ascribed to Desiderio da Settignano, (b. about 1429; d. 1464), the bust is now ascribed to Andrea dell'Aquilla, who carved the marble relief depicting a Sybil, also in the Staatliche Museum, Berlin.

Descriptive line

Plaster cast, of a portrait bust of a young woman, after the limestone original in the Bode-Museum (Berlin), by Andrea dell’Aquila, Italy, 1450-1500, cast Berlin (Germany), about 1889.

Labels and date

Renaissance busts were seen as the beginning of naturalistic portraiture and were greatly admired in the late 19th century. At that time, the display of casts of these sculptures was highly fashionable. This is one of many casts that came to the V&A as part of an exchange with the Berlin Museum in the 1880s. It depicts an elegant young woman in 15th-century dress. [2014]

Materials

Plaster

Subjects depicted

Portraits; Busts

Categories

Ph_survey; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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