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22 November 2018

Fine British and European Sculpture

Lot 5

Workshop of Pietro Torrigiani (1472 ~ 1528)

Estimate £4000 - £6000 + fees

Workshop of Pietro Torrigiani (1472 ~ 1528), Italian, Florence, a sculpted terracotta bust of Christ the Redeemer, early 16th century

33cm high, 29cm wide



Sothebys New York, European Works of Art, Tapestries and Furniture: Including Arms and Armour from a Private New York Collection, 17th October 2000, lot 11

With Bruno Cooper, United Kingdom, February 2002

European private collection;

Private Collection, London



This beautiful terracotta bust of Christ is ultimately derived from Andrea del Verrocchio's celebrated figure of the Redeemer from his Christ and St. Thomas bronze group on the exterior wall of Orsanmichele in Florence. It is particularly close to the bust of Christ from Santa Trinita, Florence, attributed to Pietro Torrigiani, (Boucher, op. cit., no. 22). Note the same side-glancing eyes, the slightly parted lips and stylised hair. There is also a comparison with Agnolo di Polo's (1470 ~ after 1498) St. Roch from the church of the Santissima Annunziata, Arezzo



B. Boucher (ed.), Earth and Fire. Italian Terracotta Sculpture from Donatello to Canova, exh. cat. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2001, pp. 150-151, no. 22