Artist Giovanni de Fondulis da Crema, Italian, between 1420 and 1430 - before 1497
Title
  • Saint John the Baptist
Date 1470
Medium polychromed terracotta
Dimensions Overall: 55 1/2 × 13 1/4 × 11 1/8 inches (141 × 33.7 × 28.3 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, General Membership Funds
Accession Number 22.2
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View European: Medieval and Renaissance W241, Level 2 (see map)
Inscriptions Inscribed, on base: VELLANO PATAVINUS OPUS A. 1470.
Alte Pinakothek (Munich, Germany);
1921, (Julius Böhler, Munich, Germany) and (A.S. Drey and Co., The Hague, Netherlands);
1922-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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Darr, Alan P. Peter Barnet and Antonia Boström. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Detroit Institute of Arts, vol. 1. London, 2002, pp. 175–177, no. 87 (ill.). [As by attributed to Giovanni Minelli dei Bardi (ca. 1440–1529)]

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