Ecce Puer (Behold the Child)

Medardo Rosso, Italian, 1858 - 1928


Wax over plaster with a brown patina

15 7/8 x 9 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches (40.3 x 24.1 x 17.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 159, European Art 1850-1900, first floor (Annenberg Galleries)

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Purchased with the Membership Fund, 1969

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Ecce Puer, or Behold the Child, was a commissioned portrait of six-year-old Alfred William Mond. Rosso is said to have been having difficulty creating the image of the child until he caught a glimpse of the boy peeking through a curtain. The artist called this work a "vision of purity."


By inheritance to Danila Rosso Parravicini (granddaughter of the artist), Rosso Museum, Barzio, Italy; sold to Lords Gallery, Ltd., London, August 17, 1965 [1]; sold to PMA, April 24, 1969. 1. Letter dated April 1, 1969, from Philip Granville of Lords Gallery to John Tancock, Rodin Museum curator (PMA, curatorial file). In a letter of authentication dated August 17, 1965 (curatorial file) Mrs. Rosso Parravicini noted that she inherited the piece from her father.

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