Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Crowned Head of a Woman

Date:
ca. 1270
Geography:
Made in Campania probably, Southern Italy
Culture:
South Italian
Medium:
Marble (Lunense marble from Carrera (Italy), traces of lapis lazuli and lead
Dimensions:
Overall (without mount): 13 3/4 x 7 7/8 x 7 5/8 in. (34.9 x 20 x 19.4 cm) Overall (with mounting block): 17 7/8 x 8 x 9 7/8 in. (45.4 x 20.3 x 25.1 cm) 33lb. (15kg)
Classification:
Sculpture-Stone
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.100.53a
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
This engaging head was probably carved in the French court of Robert of Anjou (r. 1266–85) centered in Naples. Its classical overtones are related to works by Nicola di Bartolomeo da Foggia,who signed the masterful pulpit at the Cathedral of Ravello in 1272.
[ Piero Tozzi Galleries Inc., Rome and New York (sold 1929)]; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (in 1929–1947)]
Arts of the Middle Ages: A Loan Exhibition, February 17 to March 24, 1940. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1940. no. 155, p. 49.

Hoving, Thomas. "Italian Romanesque Sculpture." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 23, no. 10 (June 1965). p. 347, fig. 2.

Little, Charles T., ed. Set in Stone: The Face in Medieval Sculpture. New York, New Haven, and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. no. 65, pp.158-159.

Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Lisbeth, and Jack Soultanian. Italian Medieval Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2010. no. 31, pp. 142–146.

Zchomelidse, Nino. Art, Ritual, and Civic Identity in Medieval Southern Italy. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014. p. 156, fig. 138.



Related Objects

Capital

Date: late 12th–early 13th century Medium: Marble (Naxian marble from island of Naxos (Greece), hardstone and lead inlay Accession: 23.280.14 On view in:Gallery 3

Relief Panel with Two Griffins Drinking from a Cup

Date: late 9th–early 10th century Medium: Marble, polychromy Accession: 30.30 On view in:Gallery 304

Virgin and Child

Date: ca. 1350 Medium: Marble with gilding Accession: 28.76 On view in:Gallery 8

Tomb Effigy Bust of Marie de France (1327-41), daughter of Charles IV of France and Jeanne d'Evreux

Artist: Jean de Liège (Franco-Netherlandish, active ca. 1361–died 1381) Date: ca. 1381 Medium: Marble with lead inlays Accession: 41.100.132 On view in:Gallery 305

Virgin and Child in Majesty

Date: ca. 1175–1200 Medium: Walnut with paint, tin relief on a lead white ground, and linen Accession: 16.32.194a, b On view in:Gallery 304