Attributed to Antonello Gagini (Italian, Palermo 1478–1536 Palermo)
Bronze, traces of gilding
Overall: 34 1/4 x 20 x 21 3/4 in. (87 x 50.8 x 55.2 cm)
Gift of George and Florence Blumenthal, 1932
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 534
This statue is a free copy of the bronze figure in the Museo Capitolino, Rome, of a boy extracting a thorn from his foot, universally know as the Spinario. Gagini's version once served as a fountain figure at the top of a staircase in Palazzo Alcontres, Messina. Inscribed near the foot were his signature and the date 1500.
George and Florence Blumenthal , New York (by 1926–32; to MMA)