Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Laureate head of Napoleon I of France

Possibly by Pietro Pestrini (active first half of the 19th century)
Possibly by Clemente Pestrini (Italian, active first half of the 19th century)
ca. 1810
Italian, Rome
Sardonyx and gold
Overall: 1 15/16 x 1 1/2 in. (4.9 x 3.8 cm); visible cameo (confirmed): 47 x 35.7 x 11 mm
Lapidary Work-Gems
Credit Line:
The Milton Weil Collection, 1940
Accession Number:
Not on view
Much like their ancient prototypes, the rival emperors are wreathed in laurel. The pinkest blush in Alexander’s onyx (40.20.25) hints at corporeality, while the drab ocher sardonyx of Napoleon, by contrast, suggests a rather joyless military man.
Signature: Incised behind head: PESTRINI

Marking: None
Milton Weil (until 1938; to MMA)
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