Italian (Florence)
about 1600
Giambologna (Jean Boulogne) (Flemish (worked in Italy), 1529–1608)

Object Place: Europe, Florence, Italy


Overall: 45.1 x 12.1 x 15.2 cm (17 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 6 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; Bronze; marble base

On View

Alyce Morrissey Gallery (Kunstkammer) (Gallery 143)





Figure of “Architecture”. Nude female figure wearing fillet, drapery over right leg, holding in right hand a drawing instruments and in her left a drawing board. Signed on lower edge of drawing, GIO BOLONGE.

Personifying Architecture, this figure holds a framing square, protractor, and compass. The bronze’s surface finish is of the highest quality, and the graceful, twisting pose and turn of the head encourage viewing from all sides.


Signed on lower edge of tablet, GIO BOLONGE.


Edmund Hegan Kennard (b. 1834 - d. 1912), London [see note 1]. By December 1937, with Arnold Seligmann, Rey and Co., Inc., New York [see note 2]; by October, 1938, sold by Seligmann [see note 3]. M. Knoedler and Co., London; sold by Knoedler to Clendenin James Ryan (b. 1882 - d. 1939); January 19-20, 1940, posthumous Ryan sale, Parke Bernet, New York, to Paul M. Byk of Arnold Seligmann, Rey and Co., for the MFA for $2420. (Accession Date: February 8, 1940) NOTES: [1] According to the Ryan auction cataloge ("Gothic and Renaissance Paintings and British XVIII Century Portraits," Parke Bernet Galleries, January 19-20, 1940, p. 125, cat. no. 270). [2] In a letter from Paul M. Byk of Arnold Seligmann, Rey and Co. to George Edgell, MFA (December 4, 1937), the sculpture is referred to as "our" bronze -- i.e., in the possession of the gallery -- but "still in Europe". It was probably at the Paris branch of Arnold Seligmann et Cie. [3] See letter from Byk to Edwin J. Hipkiss of the MFA (October 6, 1938; in MFA curatorial file). He does not specify to whom it was sold.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund and 1931 Purchase Fund