Bust of Christ

Italian, Venice
Renaissance
about 1500
Possibly by Cristoforo Solari (Italian (Milan), about 1468/70–1524)


Dimensions

49.5 x 55.9 x 34.3 cm (19 1/2 x 22 x 13 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

17.1480

Medium or Technique

Marble

On View

Italian Renaissance Gallery (Gallery 206)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Marble Bust of Christ.


This powerful sculpture probably once decorated a church interior. It displays sensitive modeling of the face and neck as well as carefully worked undercutting and incising of the long flowing hair and beard. The idealizing style and high quality of this bust make it an important example of Venetian sculpture around 1500. Another version is in the Church of San Pantalon in Venice.

Provenance

Quincy Adams Shaw (b. 1825 - d. 1908), Boston; 1917, gift of Quincy Adams Shaw, through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 29, 1917)

Credit Line

Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton