Bust of a young woman

Italian (Faenza or Montelupo)
about 1510

Object Place: Europe, Faenza or Montelupo, Italy


Overall: 22 x 18.4 x 10.8 cm (8 11/16 x 7 1/4 x 4 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

On View

Italian Renaissance Gallery (Gallery 206)





Facing straight, hair encircling head, banded, forming aperture in back; green scroll handle from nap to back; widow’s peak topped by flower with pouring aperture; facial features trimmed in blue; strands of hair on face; choker necklace; blue/brown jumper, yellow blouse, green sleeves.

While maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware) was used mainly for functional or decorative plates and jugs, the technique was sometimes used for sculpture as well. This jug in the form of a bust of a woman combines the forms of vessel and sculpture.


1967, Blumka Gallery, New York; September 30, 1967, 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)

Credit Line

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