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Bust of a Nobleman in Armor

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of marble.

Date:

About 1610

Artist:

Attributed to Pietro Tacca
Italian, 1577-1640

About this artwork

This portrait bust of an unknown nobleman in armor, sporting the stiff ruff characteristic of men’s fashion in Europe in the first quarter of the 17th century, was once thought to portray the Genoese aristocrat Ambrogio Spinola or an anonymous naval officer. Previously attributed to the French Mannerist sculptor Germain Pilon (1535–1590), it currently bears an attribution to Pietro Tacca, court sculptor to the Medici grand dukes in the first half of the 17th century. However, the immediacy and supplely rendered flesh of this portrait suggest that it was executed by an artist associated with Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680), the most famous Italian sculptor of the period.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 238

Artist

Pietro Tacca (Sculptor)

Title

Bust of a Nobleman in Armor

Origin

France

Date

1620–1630

Medium

Marble

Dimensions

63.5 × 59.7 × 23.5 cm (25 × 23 1/2 × 9 1/4 in.) Height with socle: 81.3 cm (32 in.)

Credit Line

Tillie C. Cohn Endowment

Reference Number

1964.1100

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