Seated Female Figure

Italian (possibly Rome)
Renaissance
16th century


Object Place: Europe, Venice or Padua, Italy

Dimensions

Overall (including base): 14.6 x 13.3 x 9.5 cm (5 3/4 x 5 1/4 x 3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

58.101

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

On View

Italian Renaissance Gallery (Gallery 206)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Seated female figure in classical drapery. Bronze, hollow. Feet crossed, legs stretched slightly sidewise, right hand grips wood pedestal, rectangular with concave sides, left hand at breast.

Provenance

By 1908, John Postle Heseltine (b. 1843 - d. 1929), London [see note 1]; 1922, possibly sold by Heseltine to Alfred Spero, London [see note 2]. 1936, Bruno Kern, Vienna [see note 3]. 1958, Leopold Blumka, New York; 1958, gift of Leopold Blumka to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 13, 1958)

NOTES:
[1] See Wilhelm von Bode, Italian Bronze Statuettes of the Renaissance, ed. and revised by James David Draper (New York: M. A. S. De Reinis, 1980; originally published 1908), p. 100, no. CXXXVI/1.
[2] In 1922, Heseltine sold many of his Italian Renaissance bronzes to Alfred Spero. See W. G. C[onstable], "The Heseltine Collection of Bronzes and Majolica," Burlington Magazine 41, no. 235 (November, 1922), p. 251 and Mrs. Gordon-Stables, "A Famous Array of Bronzes," International Studio 66, no. 310 (March 1923), pp. 492-495. It is not known whether this sculpture was among the bronzes sold.
[3] According to Blumka, this bronze had belonged to Kern, and it is probably identical to the statuette he lent to "III. Ausstellung: Kleinkunst der italienischen Frührenaissance" (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, June-July, 1936), cat. no. 47.

Credit Line

Gift of Leopold Blumka, in memory of Dr. Georg Swarzenski