Italian - Copy of the "Death Mask" of Dante Alighieri, late 19th century

Italian

Copy after a cast of the "Death Mask" of Dante Alighieri, late 19th century

Plaster, 21.59 cm (8 1/2 in.) height

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Object details

Accession number

U27e60

Object Case

Dante Case

Provenance

Gift from the Dante Society, Cambridge, Massachusetts to Isabella Stewart Gardner in 1885.

Bibliography

Charles Eliot Norton. On the Original Portraits of Dante (Cambridge, Massachusetts 1865), pp. 11-18. (as cast from a mask in the collection of the artist Seymour Kirkup (1788-1880); after a death mask of Dante Alighieri made by Guido II Novello da Polenta (d. 1330))
Richard Thayer Holbrook. "The Torrigiani 'Death Mask' and Other So-Called Death-Masks of Dante" in Richard Thayer Holbrook. Portraits of Dante, From Giotto to Raffael [sic]: A Critical Study, with a Concise Iconography (Boston, 1911), pp. 36-64. ("Naples Bronze" [Museo Nazionale, Naples, no. 10516] as source for "Dante death masks," dated about 1450)
Morris Carter. Isabella Stewart Gardner and Fenway Court (Boston, 1925), p. 94.
Rollin Hadley. “Notes, Records, Comments.” Gardner Museum Calendar of Events 9, no. 7 (17 Oct. 1965), p. 2.
Jonathan Nelson. "Dante Portraits in Sixteenth Century Florence." Gazette des Beaux-Arts (September 1992), pp. 71, 77. (as probably after the same model as Museo Nazionale, Naples, no. 10516)


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