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Napoleon I (1769–1821), Emperor of the French

Artist:
Giovanni Antonio Santarelli (Italian, Manopello 1758–1826 Florence)
Date:
early 19th century
Culture:
Italian, Florence
Medium:
Pink wax on glass backed by dark blue wax; frame: moulded gilt plaster
Dimensions:
Diameter: 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Miniature
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mary Martin, 1938
Accession Number:
38.145.39
Not on view
One of a group of Napoleonic portraits in wax by Santarelli owned by the Museum (38.145.36–.39). A very similar example in the Bargello, Florence was probably the model for Santarelli's incised cameo bust (in right profile) of Napoleon, now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
Inscription: Label on back: Gio. Ant.o Santarelli/a Firenze 18[?]
Georgianna Blunt , Florence ; [ sale, Anderson Galleries , New York, February 14, 1927, lot 242; sold as a set of four [38.145.36–.39] for $115 to Martin ]; Mary Martin (1927–38; bequeathed to MMA)
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