Faith

Italian (Venice)
about 1700
Andrea Brustolon (Italian (Belluno), 1662–1732)


Object Place: Europe, Venice, Italy

Dimensions

28.5 cm (11 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

44.603

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Terracotta sketch. In high relief on arched plaque, sitting figure on clouds flanked by cherubs’ heads; in her left the cross, raised right hand a chalice. On the back an almost contemporary inscription giving name of master and that it was given by his brother and heir Paolo Brustolone in 1735. Bozzetto


This terracotta was probably made as a work of art in its own right, not as a model for something else, but the composition does appear in another format and material. Brustolon, who was known for his virtuosity as a wood-carver, also used this allegorical figure of the Christian virtue of Faith to decorate an elaborate wood frame.

Provenance

By 1735, Paolo Brustolone (b. 1664- d. 1735) [see note 1]. 1944, Ephron Gallery, New York; 1944, sold by the Ephron Gallery to the MFA for $175. (Accession Date: June 8, 1944)

Notes:
[1] Paolo Brustolone was the artist's brother, heir and collaborator. His ownership is suggested by an inscription dated August 20, 1735 on the back of the piece.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund