Attributed to Desiderio da Settignano

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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

Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1908

Item description: 

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.