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Siren

possibly commissioned by the Colonna family, Rome

Date:
ca. 1571–90
Culture:
Italian, Rome
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): H. 32 1/8 x W. 44 3/4 x D. 13 3/8 in., 130lb. (81.6 x 113.7 x 34 cm, 58.9676kg)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Rogers and Edith Perry Chapman Funds, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.69
  • Description

    The siren, crowned and holding her two tails, was a heraldic device of the Colonna, a powerful Roman family. In all likelihood, this siren is the bronze named in a 1644 Barberini inventory, a Colonna princess having married into that family. It was no doubt intended for placement at a considerable height outdoors, where the extraordinary tumble of hair would be seen to full advantage.

  • Provenance

    possibly commissioned by Colonna family, Rome ; Cardinal Francesco Maria del Monte , via di Ripetta, Rome (by 1627) ; Cardinal Antonio Barberini (by 1644), and later Palazzo Barberini ai Giubbonari (by 1671) , Palazzo Barberini alle Quattro Fontane (by 1644), and later Palazzo Barberini ai Giubbonari (by 1671); his nephew, Maffeo Barberini , Palazzo Barberini alle Quattro Fontane (by ca. 1680) , Palazzo Barberini alle Quattro Fontane (by ca. 1680); proably descended in the Barberini family (until at least the 1720s) ; Rothschild family , Pregny, Switzerland ; [ Alain Moatti (until 2000; sold to MMA) ]

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