Victory Overcoming Vice

first half of 18th century
George Rafael Donner (1695–1741)

Object Place: Europe, Vienna, Austria


23.49 x 18.41 cm (9 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; Lead

Not On View





Lead. Seated draped figure, left hand on crouching bearded man beside her. On modern marble base.


Possibly Oscar Bondy (b. 1870 - d. 1944) and Elisabeth Bondy, Vienna and New York [see note 1]; possibly sold from the Bondy collection to Frederick Mont (dealer), New York [see note 2]; 1957, gift of Frederick and Betty Mont to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 23, 1957)

[1] According to an inscription on the back of a photograph (in MFA curatorial file). Attempts to identify this sculpture in inventories of Bondy's collection, however, have not been successful.

Oscar Bondy, a Jewish businessman living in Vienna, had owned a vast collection of paintings, sculptures, and works of decorative art, which was seized and expropriated with the Anschluss, or annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany in 1938. Mr. Bondy and his wife left Europe and emigrated to the United States, where he passed away in 1944. In the years following World War II, much of his collection was restituted to his widow and subsequently sold on the New York art market, particularly through Mont.

Credit Line

Gift of Frederick Mont and Mrs. Betty Mont in memory of Dr.Georg Swarzenski