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Bust of Aristotle

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Idealized head of Aristotle. Bronze. Long pointed beard, faint indication of iris. Plain cap with banded edge. Folds of hood at back, name in Greek on right side of collar. On molded black marble base, (modern).


Possibly Friedrich Ludwig von Gans (b. 1833 - d. 1920), Frankfurt; possibly sold by Gans to the Bachstitz Gallery, the Hague and exhibited at P. Jackson Higgs Gallery (American representative of Bachstitz), New York [see note 1]. Possibly John Gellatly (b. 1852 - d. 1931), New York [see note 2]. By 1941, Duveen Brothers, New York; 1947, sold by Duveen to the MFA for $8000. (Accession Date: October 9, 1947) Notes: [1] This sculpture may be identical to the bronze that was in the Gans Collection, sold to Bachstitz, and exhibited at the Higgs Gallery in 1923. On December 5-6, 1924, the same sculpture appeared in an auction in New York, including von Gans and Bachstitz provenance, but without a consignor's name. In 1927 this bust was published as still being with Higgs. See Leo Planiscig, 'Leonardo's Portate und Aristoteles' in Festschrift für Julius Schlosser zum 60. Geburtstage (Vienna, 1927), pp. 137-144. [2] According to information provided by Duveen Brothers, Inc.

Credit Line

1941 Purchase Fund (Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection)

Idealized head of Aristotle

Italian (possibly Padua or Venice), Renaissance, early 16th century

Object Place

North, Italy


67.94 cm (26 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze