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David with the Head of Goliath

Attributed to Bartolomeo Bellano, Italian (active Padua), c. 1440 - 1496/97

Made in Italy, Europe



11 1/4 x 6 1/8 x 5 5/16 inches, 7.8lb. (28.5 x 15.6 x 13.5 cm, 3.54 kg)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 309, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

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Purchased with funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. George D. Widener from the Edmond Foulc Collection, 1930

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One of the most remarkable aspects of this sculpture is a relief on the underside of the base that depicts David and his flock of sheep. This feature is unique to Renaissance bronzes, and suggests the statuette was meant to be handled, admired, turned over, and contemplated by its owner.

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