Giambologna (Jean Boulogne), Flemish (worked in Italy), 1529–1608 Flemish
Overall: 45.1 x 12.1 x 15.2 cm (17 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 6 in.)
Medium or Technique
Metal; Bronze; marble base
Kunstkammer Gallery (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.
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)
 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).  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.  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.
Maria Antoinette Evans Fund and 1931 Purchase Fund