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   Polychrome wood bust of a young woman, Italy, circa 1500



   Beautiful bust of a woman in painted wood, probably representing the Virgin Mary, or perhaps a saint. The soft face features, stylishly framed by a beige scarf is characteristic of a work produced around 1500, during the second phase of the Italian Renaissance highlighted by artists like Correggio.

   The head is slightly tilted, raising questions about its original destination. Is it a bust or a part of a statue ? The figure of the Virgin looking at her son to her knees or arms comes to mind ... The second Renaissance likes to animate faces with a slight movement, a sign of introspection, a sign of humanity.

   The work is attributed to Tuscany, but recalls us of the work of Gagini, Domenico and Antonello, in Sicily, in the simple charm of the modest young woman, rendered with moderate classicism, and a little provincial flavour.

   The beautiful polychromy of this work, largely original, show traces of several restorations, for example on the forehead or the nose. The recent restoration has enabled us to consolidate all the painted layer, without modifying it.

   Some lacks, wormholes, minor restorations.

   Composition: Carved and polychrome wood
   Origin: Italy
   Provenance: art market, France
   Period: about 1500
   Dimensions: Height: 33.50 cm

        Ref. : md-159  

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