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Attributed to Desiderio da Settignano
(Italian, 1428–1464)
Bust of a Florentine Woman, Perhaps Marietta Strozzi, ca. 1460
21 1/4 x 16 7/8 x 8 1/4 inches (540 x 430 x 210 mm)
Stand: 5 5/8 x 20 1/8 x 10 5/8 inches (142 x 510 x 270 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1908; AZ021
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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.

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