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Bust of Beatrice

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Marble bust by Antonio Canova


1930s, Bensi family, Genoa; by 1954, sold by Bensi to a private collection, Italy; until 2002, by descent within the family, to a private collector [see note 1]; 2002, sold by the private collector, through Peter Laverack, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 25, 2002) NOTES: [1] The provenance was provided by Peter Laverack at the time of its acquisition.

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William Francis Warden Fund, Edward J. and Mary S. Holmes Fund, John Lowell Gardner Fund, Russell B. and Andrée Beauchamp Stearns Fund, Helen B. Sweeney Fund, Frank B. Bemis Fund, Seth K. Sweetser Fund, H.E. Bolles Fund, Arthur Mason Knapp Fund, and Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation

Italian, 1819–22


Overall (excluding socle): 45.7 x 27.9 x 25.4 cm (18 x 11 x 10 in.) Overall (with socle): 58.4 x 27.9 x 25.4 cm (23 x 11 x 10 in.) Other (socle): 12.7 x 17.8 cm (5 x 7 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Stone; marble