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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Unidentified Artist
After Giovanni Bastianini, Italian (Florence, Italy 1830 - 1868 Florence, Italy)
Previously attributed to Giovanni Bastianini, Italian (Florence, Italy 1830 - 1868 Florence, Italy)
Bust of a Woman
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Aloysa Strozzi
Work Type
sculpture, bust
19th century
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Physical Descriptions

Marble with polychrome
55.8 x 50.2 x 22 cm (21 15/16 x 19 3/4 x 8 11/16 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
George Pinku, Berlin-Friednau, 1910, sold [through E. Pinkus]; [1] to Fogg Art Museum, 1938

[1] Correspondence in curatorial file indicates Pinkus purchased the work from the heirs of the artist, however, in 2006 Anita Moskowitz identified this work as a copy of the original by Bastianini

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Meta and Paul J. Sachs
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • F. Neugass, "Triumph der Fälscher", Die Weltkunst (1973), vol. 24, pp. 2228-2229, repr. p. 2228
  • Samuel Sachs, Fakes and Forgeries, exh. cat., Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN, 1973), cat. 101, ill.
  • Mauro Natale and Claude Ritschard, L'art d'imiter : images de la Renaissance italienne au Musée d'art et d'histoire, exh. cat., Ville de Geneve, Departement des affaires culturelles (Geneva, Switzerland, 1997), p. 183, no. 2
  • Anita F. Moskowitz, "The Case of Giovanni Bastianini - II: A Hung Jury?", Artibus et Historiae (2006), vol. 27, no. 54, pp. 201-218, p. 209; repr. p. 212
  • Sally Anne Duncan and Andrew McClellan, The Art of Curating: Paul J. Sachs and the Museum Course at Harvard, Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles, 2018), pp. 130-131, repr. as fig. 76

Exhibition History

  • Fakes and Forgeries, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 07/11/1973 - 09/29/1973

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