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Leone Leoni
(Italian, 1509–1590) or
Annibale Fontana (Italian, 1540–1587)
Bust of Alfonso d'Avalos (1502–1546), ca. 1560–80
Base: 8 x 10 inches (203 x 254 mm)
Bust: 27 1/2 x 24 1/4 inches (699 x 615 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1907; AZ129
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Alfonso d'Avalos, the marquis del Vasto, wielded considerable power as the governor of Milan and commander of imperial forces in Italy under the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. This portrait bust may be the work of Leoni, who held the post of engraver at the Milan mint, or of the younger sculptor Annibale Fontana, based on a funerary mask of d'Avalos molded by Leoni in 1546.

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