Artist circle of Torrigiano, Pietro, Italian, active 1545
  • Bust of a Scholar or Prelate
Date 1545
Medium Terracotta with polychrome decoration
Dimensions Overall: 15 1/2 × 16 1/2 × 10 1/2 inches (39.4 × 41.9 × 26.7 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Honorarium and Memorial Gifts Fund
Accession Number 1986.1
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View European: Medieval and Renaissance W232, Level 2 (see map)
Inscriptions Inscribed, across the back: VIXIT ANOS 75 | OBITT A.N.SA 1545 | DIE Pa. AVG. [He lived for seventy-five years and died 1st August 1545]
until 1964, Prince Nicholas of Romania;
private collection;
by 1986, sold by (Sotheby's, London, England);
1986-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Collection of Prince Nicholase of Romania. Exh. cat., Galerie Jurg Stuker. Bern, 1964, no. 3450. [as Agostino Zoppo, Padua]

Colvin, H.M. History of the King's Works. London, 1975, p. 320.

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Sales cat., Sotheby's. London, December 12, 1985, no. 101.

Darr, A.P. "European Sculpture and Decorative Arts." Bulletin of the DIA 62, no. 3 (1986): pp. 22-24.

Darr, A.P. "A Valentiner Legacy: Italian Sculpture in Detroit." Apollo 124, no. 298 (1986): pp. 284-285.

Darr, A.P. "European sculpture and decorative arts acquired by the Detroit Institute of Arts 1978-87." The Burlington Magazine 130 (June 1988): pp. 495-496 (fig. 101).

Masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Exh. cat., Bunkamura Museum of Art. Tokyo, 1989, cat. no. 8 (ill.).

Gentillini, G. "'Il Beato Sorore' di Santa Maria Scala." Antologia di Belle Arti 52-55 (1996): p. 30, no. 75.

Darr, A.P., P. Barnet, A. Bostrom, C. Avery, et al. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Detroit Institute of Arts, 2 vols. London, 2002, I, cat. 100.