This bust is a replica of a Hellenistic prototype in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples known as Zingarella, or young gypsy woman (49cm., inv. 6194). It was well known in the 18th century and identified by Jonathan Richardson in 1722 as a Vestal which he believed had inspired Canova to develop his own Herm of a Vestal Virgin (J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, inv. 85.SA.353). It appears in Francis Hayman's portrait of Dr. Charles Chauncey and was used to symbolise Sculpture in Francois Boucher's painting Les génies des Beaux-Arts (1731). Doccia also produced the model in porcelain. Another version of the Zingarella is in the Catherine Palace, Peterhof, near St. Petersburg.
Fusco, Fogelman & Cambareri, pp.314-21, no.40; Maiuri, p.45; Taste and the Antique, p.340
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