Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Portrait of an ecclesiastic

Artist:
Jean-Baptiste Nini (Italian, Urbino 1717–1786 Chaumont-sur-Loire)
Date:
1765
Culture:
French, Chaumont-sur-Loire
Medium:
Medallion: cast terracotta (terre de Chaumont); frame: gilt wood
Dimensions:
Diameter: 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Miniature
Credit Line:
Gift of James Hazen Hyde, 1949
Accession Number:
49.20.5
Not on view
In a technique of his own invention, Nini refined the local clay through a process of elutriation and used it to cast his medallions from finely engraved copper molds.
Signature: Incised on tranche of shoulder: I B NINI F 1765

Inscription: Sticker on reverse: Lucretius-Henry-Francois / de LaTour Dupin / de Lachau Montauban / Sacre évêque de Riez / le 23 janvier 1752 / mort en 1772 / Catalogué et décrit sous le 17*XX / dans l'...rage de A. Storelli / Jean Baptiste Nini / Sa vie Son oeuvre 1717-1786 / Cours Impr. A marrie et fils 1895
James Hazen Hyde (until 1949; to MMA)
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