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Bust - Lucrezia Donati
  • Lucrezia Donati
    Bastianini, Giovanni, born 1830 - died 1868
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Lucrezia Donati

  • Object:

    Bust

  • Place of origin:

    Florence, Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1865 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bastianini, Giovanni, born 1830 - died 1868 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Marble

  • Museum number:

    38-1869

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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This is a marble bust made by Giovanni Bastianini in Florence, Italy, about 1865. This bust purports to represent Lucrezia Donati, the mistress of Lorenzo the Magnificent. Its style is a pastiche of that of the Florentine 15th century sculptor Mino da Fiesole, and at its first appearance it was declared to be the masterpiece of Mino by the art historian Cavalcaselle. The bust was exposed as a forgery by Dr. Alessandro Foresi in 1868, and purchased by the Museum the following year from Foresi, who had acquired it from Giovanni Freppa, the dealer for whom Bastianini worked.

Place of Origin

Florence, Italy (made)

Date

ca. 1865 (made)

Artist/maker

Bastianini, Giovanni, born 1830 - died 1868 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Marble

Dimensions

Height: 45.7 cm

Descriptive line

Marble bust depicting Lucrezia Donati, by Giovanni Bastianini, Italy (Florence), ca. 1865

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

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. 4.
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. 727. fig. 719.
Schuyler, Jane. Florentine Busts: Sculpted Portraiture in the Fifteenth Century. New York: Garland Pub., 1976. p. 215. fig. 106.
Moskowitz, Anita. F. The Case of Giovanni Bastianini -II: a Hung Jury? Artibus et Historiae. 2006. no. 54. p. 206. fig. 5.
Moskowitz, Anita. F. The Case of Giovanni Bastianini: a Fair and Balanced View. Artibus et Historiae. 50, 25, 2004. p. 178. fig. 23.
Penny, Nicholas. Catalogue of European Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum: 1540 to the Present day. vol. I Italian. Oxford, 1992. p. 171.
Penny, Nicholas. Catalogue of European Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum: 1540 to the Present day. vol. III British. Oxford, 1992. p. 47.
Warren, Jeremy. Forgery in Risorgimento Florence: Bastianini's 'Giovanni delle Bande Nere' in the Wallace Collection. The Burlington Magazine. November 2005, 147. p. 732. fig. 13.

Exhibition History

Fake? The Age of Deception (British Museum 07/05/1990-03/09/1990)

Subjects depicted

Donati, Lucrezia

Categories

Portraits; Sculpture

Collection code

SCP

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