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Saint Jerome

Terracotta relief statuette. In full round: head (in gesso, 16th c. restoration) looks down at skull in left hand, right hand at chest. Right leg in full round, draped body in high relief.


By 1915, Ercole Canessa, Naples [see note 1]; January 25, 1924, Canessa Sale, American Art Galleries, New York, lot 196, sold to Lucien B.Taylor, Dover, Ma ; 1949, sold by Taylor to the MFA for $300. (Accession date: May 12, 1949) Notes: [1] See "Canessa's Collection Catalogue," (Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, 1915), cat. no. 70. Ercole Canessa was a dealer and exporter of Italian art works and antiques, based in Naples, Paris and New York.

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

Italian, 15th century

Object Place

Siena, Italy

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