Overall (confirmed): 39 1/4 x 34 1/4 x 16 1/2 in., 145 lb. (99.7 x 87 x 41.9 cm, 65.7716 kg)
Edith Perry Chapman Fund, 1957
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 550
A pupil of Alessandro Algardi, Caffa was one of the principal sculptors in Rome in the generation after him. His bust of Pope Alexander VII displays a new attitude to portraiture in which psychological penetration plays a role. The image confers an air of sober concern on the pontiff, who is remembered, among other things, for commissioning Bernini to design the colonnades of St. Peter's Square and for receiving the visit of Queen Christina of Sweden, a recent convert to Catholicism.
Signature: Signed and dated on back of cape: MELCHIOR. CAFA/MELITENSIS / FAC. AN DOM. / MDCLXVII
Inscription: Stickers: (on underside) ANNEXE/ 007; (on base) 3263
Pope Alexander VII (until d. 1667) ; Baron Gustave de Rothschild , Paris ; by descent to Baroness Rothschild-Lambert , Paris ; [ Stiebel Ltd. , New York, until 1957; sold to MMA ]
Artist: Johann Jakob Kornmann (called Cormano) (born Augsburg 1620, active Rome, died after 1672)Date: ca. 1625–35Medium: Bronze, with dark brown lacquer patina, and gilded and silvered detailsAccession: 1982.60.106On view in:Not on view