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Male Nude (David?)

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Model in wax for statue.


By 1924, Elia Volpi (b. 1858 - d. 1938), Florence [see note 1]; March 31 - April 2, 1927, Volpi sale, American Art Galleries, New York, not in catalogue, not sold [see note 2]; 1929, sold by Volpi to Wilhelm von Bode for the MFA. (Accession Date: December 5, 1929) NOTES: [1] See letter from Philip Gentner in Florence to Charles Henry Hawes of the MFA (September 25, 1924), which discusses the object along with others then in Volpi's possession, and a letter from Wilhelm von Bode to Elia Volpi (April 3, 1925) which discusses the object, stating specifically that it was in Volpi's possession at that time. [2] See Roberta Ferrazza, "Palazzo Davanzati e le collezioni di Elia Volpi" (Florence, 1994), pp. 130, 142, n. 177.

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Maria Antoinette Evans Fund and Francis Bartlett Donation, by exchange

A Hero (David?)

Italian, Florence, Renaissance, mid-16th century

Object Place

Florence, Italy


Overall (height including base): 83.8 cm (33 in.)

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