Artist Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini, Italian, 1598-1680
  • Triton with a Sea Serpent
Date ca. 1630s, before 1642
Medium Terracotta
Dimensions Overall: 11 × 6 3/4 × 7 1/4 inches (27.9 × 17.1 × 18.4 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Ralph Harman Booth Bequest Fund
Accession Number 52.218
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View European: Grand Tour of Italy-Rome, Level 2 (see map)
possibly Palazzo Barberini (Rome, Italy);
Friedrich von Amerling (Vienna, Austria);
May 6, 1916, (Dorotheum, Vienna, Austria) Estate of Friedrich von Amerling, lot 178;
Dr. Rudolphe Berl (Vienna, Austria);
(Wildenstein, New York, New York, USA);
1952-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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