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Male Portrait Bust
  • Italy or France
  • Male Portrait Bust, 1700s
  • Where object was made: France or Italy
  • marble
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 87.3 x 63.1 x 39.4 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 34 3/8 x 24 13/16 x 15 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase
  • Not on display
  • 1950.0066

Although the subject of the bust remains unnidentified, based on the casualness of the dress and relative disorder of his coiffeur, it has been suggested that the man was a writer or artist. The baroque drapery, arranged in agitated, heavy folds, points to a Northern Italian or Southern German origin for the bust. It has also been suggested that the work may be an example of nineteenth-century historicizing when many European sculptuors borrowed freely from the work of the previous century and produced pastiches evocative of the grandeur of another age.