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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1937.72
People
Melchiorre Cafà, Italian (Vittoriosa, Malta 1631 - 1667 Rome)
Possibly by Ercole Ferrata, Italian (1610 - 1686)
Previously attributed to Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Italian (Naples, Italy 1598 - 1680 Rome, Italy)
Title
Study for the Personification of Silence
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Relief plaque of standing male figure
Classification
Sculpture
Work Type
sculpture
Date
c. 1664
Places
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Lazio, Rome
Culture
Italian
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Terracotta
Dimensions
16.6 cm (6 9/16 in.)
Provenance
Giovanni Piancastelli, Rome, Italy, Sold to Mrs. Edward D. Brandegee, 1905. Piancastelli was the curator of the Galleria Borghese.
Mrs. Edward D. (Mary B.) Brandegee, 1905, Sold to Fog Art Museum, 1937.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing and Friends of the Fogg Art Museum Funds
Accession Year
1937
Object Number
1937.72
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Richard Norton, Bernini and Other Studies in the History of Art, The Macmillan Company (New York, NY, 1914), p. 49 no. 22, pl. XXV

Leonard Opdycke, "A Group of Models for Berninesque Sculptures", Bulletin of the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, March 1938), vol. VII, no. 2, p. 29, repr. p. 28, fig. 4

"Bernini Bozzetti for America: Sketches by the Baroque Genius for the Fogg Art Museum", Art News, Art News (New York, NY, June 4, 1938), vol. XXXVI, pp. 11-12

Irving Lavin, "The Bozzetti of Gianlorenzo Bernini" (PhD diss., Harvard University, 1955), Unpublished, pp. 201-203

Jennifer Montagu, "Melchiorre Cafà's models for Ercole Ferrata", Melchiorre Cafà: Maltese Genius of the Roman Baroque, Midsea Books (Valetta, Malta, 1996), pp. 67-78, pp. 67-68, repr. in b/w

Eugene F. Farrell, Henry Lie, and Suzanne M. M. Young, "Clay Analysis", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, ed. Ivan Gaskell and Henry Lie, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, Spring 1999), VI, 3, 39-47, pp. 42-44

Jennifer Montagu, "The Fogg 'Silence': A Bozzetto by Melchiorre Cafà", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, ed. Ivan Gaskell and Henry Lie, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, Spring 1999), vol. VI, no. 3, 128-132, fig. 134

Tony Sigel, "The Clay Modeling Techniques of Melchiorre Cafà: A Preliminary Assessment", Melchiorre Cafà: Maltese Genius of the Roman Baroque, Midsea Books (Valetta, Malta, 2006), pp. 161-233, no. 5, pp. 183-188, repr. in b/w with details; p. 257, repr. in b/w

Exhibition History

In Memoriam: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 08/01/1980 - 10/15/1980

Gian Lorenzo Bernini: Sketches in Clay, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/28/1998 - 06/30/2008

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