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Rape of the Sabine

Gilded stucco model after Giovanni da Bologna's marble group in Florence. Hand missing from Sabine's proper left arm.


Possibly Oscar Bondy (b. 1870 - d. 1944), Vienna and New York [see note 1]. 1971, sold by Blumka Gallery, New York, to the MFA. (Accession date: April 14, 1971) NOTES: [1] According to information provided at the time of acquisition. Attempts to identify the sculpture in inventories of Oscar Bondy's collection have not been successful. Oscar Bondy, a Jewish businessman living in Vienna, had owned a vast collection of paintings, sculptures, and works of decorative art. In 1938, when Germany occupied Austria, his collection was systematically looted by the Nazis. Mr. Bondy and his wife left Europe and emigrated to the United States, where he passed away in 1944. In the years following World War II, much of his collection was restituted to his widow and subsequently sold on the New York art market. Blumka Gallery sold many of the objects restituted to German and Austrian emigrés living in the United States, including Elisabeth (Mrs. Oscar) Bondy.

Credit Line

Seth Kettell Sweeter Fund

Italian (Florence), Renaissance, late 16th century

Object Place

Florence, Italy

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic; gilded plaster