Bust of a Florentine Woman, Perhaps Marietta Strozzi, ca. 1460
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1908
Desiderio was one of the most skillful sculptors of his age. This bust may be one of several depictions by the artist of Marietta Strozzi, a member of a powerful Florentine banking family. The genre of secular portrait busts emerged around 1450 in Florence, where they became popular among the city's prominent families.