This sensitively modelled bust of Christ follows in the wake of the style of the great 17th Century Baroque masters such as Algardi. The emotive expression with the heavy lidded eyes and open mouth is typical of the sentiment of the era. The bust can be compared to a terracotta bust of St Peter by a follower of Algardi in the Farsetti Collection which is inspired by Algardi's version of the same subject in the Detroit Museum of Arts. Note the sensitive melancholic expression and use of drapery folds around the bare chest.
Alle origini di Canova, p. 51, no. 12
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