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Relief - Head of a bearded man
  • Head of a bearded man
    Baccio Bandinelli, born 1488 - died 1560
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Head of a bearded man

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1550-1560 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Baccio Bandinelli, born 1488 - died 1560 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved Marble

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 64, The Wolfson Gallery

This is a marble relief with the head of a bearded man, made by Baccio Bandinelli in Florence in about 1550-60. The relief is initialled in the same way as several of Bandinelli's Prophets for the choir of Florence Cathedral and the technique is closely similar. The treatment of the hair and profile relates to a self-portrait of Bandinelli in the Louvre, Paris, but the facial features are different.
Bandinelli (1493-1560) was an Italian sculptor, painter and draughtsman. He was the son of Michelangelo Viviano (1459-1528), a prominent Florentine goldsmith, who was in the good graces of the Medici and who taught Cellini and Raffaello da Montelupo.
Bandinelli is one of the principal Florentine mannerist sculptors. He is best known for his colossal group of Hercules and Cacus (completed 1534) outside the Palazzo della Signoria, Florence and for his hostility to Michelangelo.

Physical description

Oval relief in marble. An elderly man is shown in profile to the left, with curling hair and long beard covering his right shoulder. He wears a cuirass with an animal mask on the chest.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)


ca. 1550-1560 (made)


Baccio Bandinelli, born 1488 - died 1560 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carved Marble

Marks and inscriptions

Has been interpreted as Baccio Bandinelli Fecit.
Has been intrepreted as Baccio Bandinelli Made [this].
The format of the inscription is similar to some placed on reliefs by Baccio Bandinelli once in the choir of Florence Cathedral. However, the lettering here is coarser and it has been suggested that the inscription is of more recent origin.


Height: 54.8 cm, Width: 41.8 cm, Depth: 6.8 cm

Object history note

Bequeathed by the the Rev. Alexander Dyce (1869).

Descriptive line

Relief, marble, depicting the head of a bearded man, by Baccio Bandinelli, Italy (Florence), about 1550-1560

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

Heikamp, Detlef and Paolozzi-Strozzi, Beatrice (eds.). Baccio Bandinelli. Scultore e maestro. Florence: Giunti, 2014, pp. 518-9





Subjects depicted

Lion masks


Sculpture; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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