Bust of a female saint

Bust of the Mater Dolorosa

German
1743
Made by Meissen Manufactory (Germany), Modeled by Johann Joachim Kändler (German, 1706–1775), After Guido Reni (Italian, 1575–1642)


Object Place: Meissen, Germany

Dimensions

Height: 33 cm (13 in.)

Accession Number

2006.937

Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Ceramics

White


This is from a series of fifteen saints produced at Meissen in 1743 and presented to Cardinal Annibale Albani in Rome. Some were unique sculptures, but others, including this, exist in several versions. They recall Italian silver reliquary busts, and it is possible that they were intended for use in Roman churches patronized by the Albani family. Holes on the back suggest that originally there was a metal halo above the saint’s head.

Markings

Pressnummer 25

Provenance

1982, Alberto Colzi; April 1982, sold by Alberto Colzi to Edward M. Pflueger (b. 1905 - d. 1997) and Kiyi Powers Pflueger (b. 1915 - d. 2008), New York; 2006, bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 26, 2006)

Credit Line

Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection. Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger