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Portrait of Benedetto Pistrucci

Artist:
Maria Elisa Pistrucci (British, 1824–1881, active London and Rome)
Date:
ca. 1850
Culture:
British, probably London
Medium:
Sardonyx
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 x 1/4 in. (3.9 x 3.3 x 0.7 cm); 38.7 x 32.5 x 6.8 mm
Classification:
Lapidary Work-Gems
Credit Line:
Purchase, Assunta Sommella Peluso, Ada Peluso, and Romano I. Peluso Gift, in memory of Ignazio Peluso, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.464
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
Benedetto Pistrucci taught gem carving to his children. This is an exceedingly rare tribute from a carver to her father and mentor. The buoyant curls and muttonchops above the timelessly classical drapery at the neck are easily interpretable as silvery white marks of distinction.

[James D. Draper, 2008]
Signature: Signed on tranche: M.E PISTRUCCI
[ Alberto Di Castro , until 2003; sold to MMA ]
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