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Lifesize Sienese Wood Carved Bust of a Monk, circa 1580-1600


This very fine bust carved in walnut was originally full size and over the years has been cut down to waist height. The color of the wood is rich and glowing. The form sensitive and with much grace and compassion in the facial features. Notice the expressive remaining hand and its soft delicate feel in relationship to the rest of the body. The Sienese school of art which flourished from the mid-13th century to about 1500 once rivaled that of Florence. The two cities competed for artistic achievement social and economic standing. Florence masterful and magnificent in its superiority and masculine aspects while the Sienese style was fluid and subtle with sensitivity and grace a hallmark, those attributes are clearly seen in this work. The carving has seen many attacks from wood worm and has shrinkage cracks and damage but remains a magnificent icon or Italian life, religion and art.


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  • Condition
    Good. Good condition with expected wear, loss and worm damage for its age..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Dimensions

    H 30 in. x W 25 in. x D 21 in.

    H 76.2 cm x W 63.5 cm x D 53.34 cm

  • Seller location
    Hudson, NY
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