Bust of an elderly man with a caricature head, anonymous, c. 1650

Bust of an elderly man with a caricature head, anonymous, c. 1650

marble (rock), h 38cm × w 26.5cm × w 15.7kg. More details

Marble portraiture, usually reserved for rulers and the nobility, is here playfully employed for a base subject: a coarse old man’s head with grotesque features. This kind of overturning of convention and mocking of artistic decorum was highly appreciated by art collectors.

On display in room 2.13

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