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Girolamo Savonarola

Bust
1863 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This terracotta bust of Girolamo Savonarola, in the garb of a Dominican friar, with the hood thrown over his head was executed in imitation of a 15th century work by Giovanni Bastianini (b. 1830: d. 1868) of Florence.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Terracotta
Brief Description
Terracota bust depicting Girolamo Savonarola by Giovanni Bastianini, Florence, 1863
Physical Description
Terracotta bust of Girolamo Savonarola, in the garb of a Dominican friar, with the hood thrown over his head. Inscribed below, FRA IERONIMO SAVONAROLA. AN. DO. 1496. The bust, which is painted in colours, is executed in imitation of a 15th century work. By Giovanni Bastianini (b. 1830: d. 1868) of Florence.
Dimensions
  • Height: 60.3cm
Subject depicted
Summary
This terracotta bust of Girolamo Savonarola, in the garb of a Dominican friar, with the hood thrown over his head was executed in imitation of a 15th century work by Giovanni Bastianini (b. 1830: d. 1868) of Florence.
Bibliographic References
  • List of Objects in the Art Division South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1896. Arranged according to the dates of acquisition, with appendix and indices. London: Her Majesty's Stationary Office. Wyman and Sons. 1900. pp. 5
  • Schuyler, Jane. Florentine Busts: Sculpted Portraiture in the Fifteenth Century. New York and london. 1976. pp. 225-6.
  • Garfagnini, Gian Carlo. 'Una Città e il profeta Firenze di Fronte al Savonarola' Firenze. 2001. pp. 520. fig. 4
  • Fulton, Christopher. 'Savonarola's Risorgimento- Images of the Prophet from Nineteenth century Italy.'
  • Baker, Malcolm. 'Noble Works or Base Deceptions? Some Victorian Fakes and Forgeries.' The V& A Album. 2. 1983. pp. 389-90. fig. 9.
  • Moskowitz, Anita. F. 'The case of Giovanni Bastianini: A Fair and Balanced View.' Artibus et Historiae. 50. XXV. 2004. pp. 165-6, 170. fig. 17 on p. 167.
  • MacLagan, E, and Longhurst, Margaret, H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. London: V&A, 1932. pp.168
  • Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Her Majesty's Stationary Office, 1964. pp.680
  • Fleming, S. J. and Stoneham, D. 'Thermoluminescent Authenticity Study and Dating of Renaissance Terracottas', Archaeometry, vol. 15 (1973), pp. 240-242, pl.5.
Collection
Accession Number
31-1896

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record createdFebruary 13, 2004
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