Portrait of Benedetto Pistrucci

Maria Elisa Pistrucci British

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.

Portrait of Benedetto Pistrucci, Maria Elisa Pistrucci (British, 1824–1881, active London and Rome), Sardonyx, British, probably London

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