Object Place: Germany
Overall: 20.3 x 11.4 x 8.9 cm (8 x 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.)
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Figure of Donna Martina from the Italian comedy. Plain white figure of a woman holding a wine bottle in left arm, picking up her skirt with right hand, looking over her shoulder. Extensive repairs to lower portion of dress and base.
Bustelli is most famous for the sixteen figures from the commedia dell’ arte which he modeled at Nymphenburg about 1759. The commedia dell’ arte, a form of improvisational theater popular throughout eighteenth-century Europe, featured stock characters, such as Donna Martina, wife of the self-important Doctor.
By 1965, Edward M. Pflueger (b. 1906 - d. 1997), New York; 1965, gift of Edward M. Pflueger to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 12, 1966)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Pflueger