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On display at V&A South Kensington
Medieval & Renaissance, Room 64, The Wolfson Gallery

Head of a bearded man

Relief
ca. 1550-1560 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Carved Marble
Brief Description
Relief, marble, depicting the head of a bearded man, by Baccio Bandinelli, Italy (Florence), about 1550-1560
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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 54.8cm
  • Width: 41.8cm
  • Depth: 6.8cm
Measured for the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries
Marks and Inscriptions
'B.B.F.' (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.)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce
Object history
Bequeathed by the the Rev. Alexander Dyce (1869).
Subject depicted
Summary
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.

Bibliographic Reference
Heikamp, Detlef and Paolozzi-Strozzi, Beatrice (eds.). Baccio Bandinelli. Scultore e maestro. Florence: Giunti, 2014, pp. 518-9
Collection
Accession Number
DYCE.3326

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record createdMarch 8, 2004
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