Portrait bust of a man

French (Metz)
about 1540
Style of Ligier Richier (died in 1572)

Object Place: Europe, Metz, France


71.75 cm (28 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone; Limestone

Not On View





Portrait bust of a man, limestone. With wide hat, slashed doublet, and cape. Taken from the facade of a house in the Rue de la Tete D’Or in Metz. Style of Ligier Richier (died 1572).


16th century, created to adorn the façade of the house at 33, rue de la Fournirue (the so-called “Maison des Têtes”), Metz, France; 1913, removed from the façade and sold to an American collector [see note]. 1962, Blumka Gallery, New York; April 26, 1962, sold by Blumka to R. Thornton Wilson (b. 1886 - d. 1977), New York; 1983, bequest of R. Thornton Wilson to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 12, 1983)

NOTE: This is one of five busts that were removed from the façade of the sixteenth-century building at this time; in 1973, the four others were purchased by the Musée de la Cour d’Or, Metz (inventory nos. 73.5.16a-d). On their history, see Musées de Metz: Dossiers d’oeuvres (Musées de la Cour d’Or, Metz, 2007), p. 74.

Credit Line

Bequest of R. Thornton Wilson in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson