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Firm of Castellani
Mosaic possibly by Luigi Podio
before 1888
Glass micromosaic, gold
Overall: 1 1/2 x 2 13/16 in. (3.8 x 7.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Jacqueline Loewe Fowler, 2007
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
The pale yellow-gold mount is a subtle foil for the head of medusa, whose grisly coiffure crawling with snakes is no less exquisitely configured in blond hues of the tesserated glass known as micromosaic. Luigi Podio was the chief micromosaic specialist in the Roman firm of Fortunato Pio Castellani. Matching ancient imagery with technologies also re-created from classical antiquity, Castellani served an avid international clientele.
Marking: On reverse: interlaced Cs
Judith S. Novak (until 2006) ; [ her sale, Sotheby's, New York , December 6, 2006, lot 23; sold to Fowler ] ; Jacqueline Loewe Fowler , Stamford, Connecticut (2006–07; to MMA)
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