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Andromeda and the Sea Monster

Domenico Guidi (Italian, 1625–1701)
Commissioned by Francesco II, Duke of Mantua and Reggio (Italian, 1660–1694) , who died before the sculpture's completion
Italian, Rome
Overall (confirmed): 64 3/8 x 46 3/8 x 34 5/8 in. (163.5 x 117.8 x 87.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation Inc. Gift and Charles Ulrick and Josephine Bay Foundation Inc. Gift, 1967
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 548
Acquired in Rome by John Cecil, the fifth Earl of Exeter (1648-1700), this sculpture was long believed to have been the work of Pierre-Étienne Monnot, the French-born sculptor who carved the English statesman's funerary monument. The Andromeda, thoroughly Roman Baroque in conception and treatment, was once thought to have been merely influenced by Domenico Guidi, Monnot's mentor, but now seen to be Guidi's own work.

The sculpture has recently been identified as the Andromeda (previously considered lost) originally commissioned by Francesco II d'Este, Duke of Modena, who died before acquiring it. John Cecil bought the work for Burghley House, his Northamptonshire residence, where it remained until this century.
John Cecil, 5th Earl of Exeter , Burghley House, Stamford, England (1699/1700–d. August 1700) ; the descendants of John Cecil, 5th Earl of Exeter , at Burghley House (until ca. 1958; sold to Wildenstein) ; [ Wildenstein and Co., Inc. , New York, until 1967; sold to MMA ]
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