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Head of Frederic II of Hohenstaufen (?)

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Said to have come from a private collection, Switzerland [see note 1]. By 1971, Benjamin Rowland, Jr., Cambridge, MA and Brooklin, ME; 1974, bequest of Benjamin Rowland, Jr. to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 13, 1974) NOTES: [1] According to Benjamin Rowland, "A New Portrait Head of Frederick II Hohenstaufen," Pantheon 31, no. 4 (1973), p. 351, this head "was for many years in a private collection in Switzerland and, according to the last owner, was found in Campania in the vicinity of Naples long before the discovery of the known portraits of Frederick [II]." This account has never been verified.

Credit Line

Bequest of Benjamin Rowland, Jr.

Italian (Capua?), Medieval, about 1230 (?)

Object Place

Capua, Italy


41.9 x 23.5 x 22.2 cm (16 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 8 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Stone; marble