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Bust of a bearded man in a cap

Artist:
Luigi Saulini (Italian, 1819–1883)
Date:
mid-19th century
Culture:
Italian, Rome
Medium:
Onyx, gold mount
Dimensions:
Visible cameo: 44.6 x 34.2 mm Overall (in setting): 2 5/16 x 1 7/8 in. (5.9 x 4.8 cm)
Classification:
Lapidary Work-Gems
Credit Line:
Gift of Assunta Sommella Peluso, Ada Peluso, and Romano I. Peluso, in memory of Ignazio Peluso, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.519
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
Luigi Saulini first drew his subjects’ portraits, sometimes after sending them to a photographer around the corner. In this bust of an unknown gentleman (it has been mistakenly taken for a self-portrait), he extracted powerful contrast and a sense of volume from the two strata.
Signature: Signed at right: SAULINI
by descent, Laura Seybold , Madison, Wisconsin ; Assunta Sommella Peluso ; and Ada Peluso ; and Romano I. Peluso (until 2003; to MMA)
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