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Young Woman

Francesco Laurana (Italian (born Croatia), Zadar (Vrana) ca. 1420–ca. 1502 Marseilles)
ca. 1475
probably Southern French
Overall: 11 1/4 x 6 x 5 in., 13lb. (28.6 x 15.2 x 12.7 cm, 5.9kg)
Credit Line:
Gift of Julius Böhler, 1912
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 605
The Dalmatian-born sculptor was active in Naples, Sicily and France. Ten known female masks with downcast eyes were probably produced by him and his shop in southern France about 1475. All have a similarity to portrait busts by him but, the function of the masks remains controversial. Some argue that they were made for tomb effigies, others that they formed a wall decoration.
Julius Böhler , Munich (until 1912; to MMA)
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