- Gallery Text
Giuseppe Mazzuoli's allegorical figure of Charity is personified as a mother with three children. As the greatest of all theological virtues, Charity triumphs over the vice of Avarice, represented as a greedy man biting his left hand and clutching a bag of coins with the other. This sculptural group recalls the influence of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who Mazzuoli often assisted with large public commissions. Among these was the tomb for Pope Alexander VII (1672-78) in Saint Peter's Basilica, for which Mazzuoli sculpted a more than life-sized figure of Charity in marble. This earlier work is recalled here in Mazzuoli's voluptuous bronze figure. The dynamic drapery, multifigured composition, and spiraling movement of the group also point to Mazzuoli's indebtedness to Bernini.
- Identification and Creation
Level 2, Room 2210, West Arcade
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- Physical Descriptions
- 39.3 x 17 x 19.5 cm (15 1/2 x 6 11/16 x 7 11/16 in.)
- [Eugene Glaenzer & Co., New York, NY], sold; to Watson B. Dickerman, New York, NY (1910), by descent; to Dickerman family (1923) (1); to Watson B. Dickerman, Scottsdale, Arizona, gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 2003.
1. The sculpture may have passed from Watson B. Dickerman’s father to his mother, Florence E. Dickerman, who died in 1963.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mr. Watson B. Dickerman, Class of 1969, in memory of Sydney J. Freedberg
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- European and American Art
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- Exhibition History
32Q: 2210 West Arcade, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/14/2015 - 01/01/2050
- Subjects and Contexts
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