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)
Gift of Assunta Sommella Peluso, Ada Peluso, and Romano I. Peluso, in memory of Ignazio Peluso, 2004
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)