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Bust of a Philosopher Giuseppe Torretti (attributed to) Italian Sculptor (previous attribution)


Giuseppe Torretti (attributed to) Pagnano [Asolo], 1664 – Venice, 1743

Italian Sculptor (previous attribution) 18th century

Culture Italian
Date ca. 1700
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique marble

47 × 38 × 29 cm

Inventory number 92.3
Collection Sculpture
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Ground Floor, Baroque Hall

The typical genre of seventeenth-century Venetian sculpture, favoured by contemporary collectors and customers, is embodied by marble busts depicting ancient philosophers, prophets, and apostles. Several sculptor workshops, that of Giusto Le Court, Orazio Marinali, Michele Fabris, andGiovanni Bonazza, created decorative pieces in a similar manner. The Budapest copy has a distinctive design, such as the head tilted to the side, the Oriental headscarf, the half-open mouth, the distant gaze, and the lively shaped beard leaning to the side. It resembles the busts created by Giuseppe Torretti (e.g., Boston, Museum of Fine Arts), a master who was mainly active in Venice.


Balogh, Jolán – Szmodisné Eszláry, Éva, Katalog der ausländischen Bildwerke des Museums der bildenden Künste in Budapest, 4.-18. Jahrhundert, Bd. 3. Neuerwerbungen, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 1994, p. 91-92., no. 110.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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