Francesco Bocchetta

Workshop of Alessandro Vittoria (Alessandro Vittoria di Vigilio della Volpa) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 534

The leading Venetian sculptor during the second half of the sixteenth century, Alessandro Vittoria was praised by contemporaries for his pioneering portrait busts. This marble was once installed over a tomb in the now deconsecrated church and monastery of Santa Caterina, Venice. The sitter, possibly the monastery’s chaplain, wears the clothes of a Venetian gentleman, with a five-petal flower fibula, or pin, on his left shoulder and a diagonal band across his chest. Though the work is unquestionably Vittoria’s invention, certain components, including the beard and the drapery, may have been carried out by assistants under his direction.

Francesco Bocchetta, Workshop of Alessandro Vittoria (Alessandro Vittoria di Vigilio della Volpa) (Italian, 1525–1608), Marble, Italian, Venice

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