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dc.contributor.authorDesiderio da Settignano, attributed toen_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-06T16:51:25Z
dc.date.available2018-09-06T16:51:25Z
dc.date.createdc. 1455-60en_US
dc.identifier.citationMarc Bormand, Beatrice Paolozzi Strozzi, and Nicholas Penny, eds., Desiderio da Settignano: Sculptor of Renaissance Florence (Washingston DC: National Gallery of Art, 2007), cat. 5, pp. 142-5; Francesco Cagliotti, "Donatello misconosciuto: il 'San Lorenzo' per la Pieve di Borgo San Lorenzo," Prospettiva 155 (July 2014): 2-99, esp. p. 8.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/24689
dc.descriptionOld Sacristy, San Lorenzo, Florenceen_US
dc.description.abstractThis bust, currently located in the Old Sacristy in San Lorenzo in Florence, has been much debated by scholars, who agree on the quality of the work but not its authorship or subject. Earlier scholars treated it as a work by Donatello, but following the publications of H. W. Janson and Margrit Lisner in 1957-8, most now agree that it is a work of Desiderio da Settignano. Both sculptors were working in San Lorenzo, but the delicacy of the handling of the surfaces, sweetness of the figure, and lack of muscular vigor do seem more characteristic of Desiderio's work -- though Donatello had great range. Both also worked in terracotta. Several works by Donatello in the medium survive, and though Desiderio is known as a sculptor in marble, he is documented to have produced work also in painted terracotta. (Here only traces of paint survive.) The subject is also debated. Given the dress (as a deacon), previous depictions, and the current location, this is likely St. Lawrence, but St. Leonard is also possible, as Leonard was also venerated in San Lorenzo. One scholar (Cagliotti) has suggested that this is a portrait of the Cardinal of Portugal, refashioned into an image of St. Lawrence. (The full argument has not been published yet, as far as I know, and I have not seen a technical examination report on this object, but it is hard to imagine how one could refashion a terracotta bust after firing -- it could be refashioned before firing, before the clay dried.) The bust follows the form of earlier reliquary busts (busts of saints with containers for relics). It is an unusually early example of a bust of a saint (or one refashioned into an image of a saint) that is not a reliquary. Photograph(s) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.en_US
dc.format.extenth. 55 cm, w 44 cm, d 25 cmen_US
dc.format.mediumPainted terracottaen_US
dc.subjectBusten_US
dc.subjectSt. Lawrenceen_US
dc.subjectSt. Leonarden_US
dc.titleYoung Deaconen_US
dc.typeimageen_US
dc.rights.holderUna D'Eliaen_US
dc.rights.licensePhotograph(s) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licenseen_US


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