Ecce Puer (Behold the Child)
Medardo Rosso, Italian, 1858 - 1928
Wax over plaster with a brown patinaDimensions:
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 before 1900, Johnson CollectionObject Location:
* Gallery 159, European Art 1850-1900, first floor (Annenberg Galleries)Accession Number:
Purchased with the Membership Fund, 1969
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, 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 ; 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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