After Giovanni Battista di Jacopo (Italian, Florence 1494–1540 Fontainebleau)
early 17th century
Height: 11 3/8; Width (elbow to forearm): 3 5/8; maximun depth (diagonal from tree trunk support behind leg to front edge of base): 5 1/16 in. (28.9 x 9.2 x 12.9 cm); Wt. 6lb. (2.7216kg)
Gift of Mrs. Howard J. Sachs and Mr. Peter G. Sachs, in memory of Miss Edith L. Sachs, 1978
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 532
The god of the underworld is posed at the mouth of hell with his fierce three-headed companion, Cerberus, who exhibits the features of a spaniel, a lion, and a wolf. Pluto has lost the spear on which he leaned. Rosso Fiorentino, a painter and a printmaker, was prominent among the Italian artists lured to France by François I. His drawing for Pluto was engraved several times. This cast is probably the one that belonged to the great seventeenth-century sculptor and collector François Girardon.
probably Cardinal Duc de Richelieu ; probably his niece, Duchesse d' Aiguillon ; probably François Girardon , Paris ; William Salomon , New York (until 1923; sale, American Art Galleries, April 4–7, 1923, lot 406); Miss Edith L. Sachs ; Mrs. Howard J. Sachs ; and Peter G. Sachs (until 1978; to MMA)