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Spinario (Boy Pulling a Thorn from His Foot)

Artist:
Attributed to Antonello Gagini (Italian, Palermo 1478–1536 Palermo)
Date:
ca. 1507–9
Culture:
Italian, Sicily
Medium:
Bronze, traces of gilding
Dimensions:
Overall: 34 1/4 x 20 x 21 3/4 in. (87 x 50.8 x 55.2 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of George and Florence Blumenthal, 1932
Accession Number:
32.121
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)
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