Exhibitions/ Art Object

Giovanni Gioviano Pontano (1426–1503)

Artist:
Adriano Fiorentino (Adriano di Giovanni de' Maestri) (Italian, Florence (?) born ca. 1450–60, died 1499 Florence)
Date:
ca. 1490
Culture:
Italian, Naples
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall (wt. confirmed): H. 19 7/8 x W. 13 1/8 x D. 4 1/2 in., Wt. 73lb. (50.5 x 33.3 x 11.4 cm, 33.1126kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.21
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 605
Pontano was a leading humanist and statesman at the court of Naples and the "tutor" of Duke Alfonso of Calabria. He was a passionate student of ancient authors, trying to reconcile their goals with Christianity, and from 1471 led the Neapolitan Academy that later bore his name. Fittingly, the humanist is shown in antique garb. Adriano Fiorentino, the artist of the portrait, arrived in Naples in about 1488, working there until 1495. He also made a bronze bust of the humanist and a portrait medal.
Gaetano Pepe , Naples (until 1924; sold to Tozzi) ; [ Piero Tozzi , until 1991 ] ; [ sale, Sotheby's, New York , January 12, 1991, no. 34; sold to MMA ]
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