Bust of Boccaccio

Giovan Francesco Rustici
1475-1554
Italy, late 16th or 17th century
Bronze bust, mounted on a modern frame of marble and porphyry.
bust: 15 x 16 1/2 x 7 inches (381 x 419 x 178 mm); marble frame (including porphyry background): 41 x 28 5/16 x 6 1/2 inches
Bequest of J.P. Morgan, Jr.
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Said to have come from the Ducal Palace, Urbino; Barberini Collection, Rome (listed in the 1649 inventory of Cardinal Francesco Barberini [III.49.997, Lavin 1975] as “una testa e parte del busto del Petrarcha fatta di bronzo, alta un palmo e mezzo in circa”); Durlacher Brothers, London; from whom purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1909.
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This bronze bust was cast after Giovanni Francesco Rustici's 1503 marble bust of Boccaccio for the author's tomb in Certaldo. The cast was made later, at a time when the tomb was dismantled and relocated, possibly in the 18th or early 19th century. It was long thought to be a bust of Petrarca until research revealed that it was made after the Certaldo bust. Duveen Brothers produced the marble frame for the bust in 1910.

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