Overall (confirmed): H. 32 1/4 x W. 30 7/8 x D. 16 in., Wt. 333lb. (81.9 x 78.4 x 40.6 cm, 151.0478kg);
Overall height including socle (confirmed): 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm);
Pedestal: H. 48 1/4 x Circum. 11 3/4 x W. 17 x D. 17 in. (122.6 x 29.8 x 43.2 x 43.2 cm)
Purchase, Louisa Eldridge McBurney Gift, 1953
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 601
Cardinal Scipione Borghese (1577–1633) was the influential nephew of Pope Paul V and an enthusiastic and refined art collector. A document of 1632 records the payment to Finelli for this portrait bust, originally intended for the Villa Borghese in Rome. Finelli was a pupil of Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598–1680) and a sculptor known for his remarkable skill at carving marble.
Cardinal Scipione Borghese (1632–until d. 1633) ; Prince Paolo Borghese , Rome (until 1892; his sale, Rome, March 28–April 9, 1892, no. 340; to Manskopf); Gustav D. Manskopf , Frankfurt (1892–until d. 1900) ; [ Raoul Heilbronner , Berlin, until d. 1941 ] ; the daughter of Raoul Heilbronner ; [ French and Co., New York , until 1953; sold to MMA ]