Bust of the Christ Child

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Workshop of Antonio Rossellino
Florence, Italy, 15th century.
Terracotta, with polychrome decoration.
bust: 11 5/8 x 11 3/8 x 8 1/4 in. (295 x 288 x 210 mm); base: 3 3/4 x 13 5/8 x 8 1/8 in. (95 x 345 x 205 mm)

Companion to the sculpture of St. John the Baptist as a boy (AZ007).
Recent technical study has confirmed that the original polychrome layers (now covered with a later patina) are consistent with the methods and pigments used during the 15th century. A modern replica of this bust, including a polygonal base and executed in painted stucco, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (26.101.8).

Paul (Pavel Pavlovich) Demidov, 2nd Prince of San Donato (1839-1885), Florence; Charles and Henri Porgès, Paris; André Chevrillon, Paris; Jacques Seligmann (1858-1923), Paris; from whom purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1906.

Bust of Christ Child wearing green and red tunic decorated with gold hem.