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Attributed to Carlo Francesco Mellone (1670-circa 1756)
Italian, Rome, circa 1715-1725
BUST OF POPE GREGORY XIII (1502-1585)
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Attributed to Carlo Francesco Mellone (1670-circa 1756)
Italian, Rome, circa 1715-1725
BUST OF POPE GREGORY XIII (1502-1585)
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Attributed to Carlo Francesco Mellone (1670-circa 1756)
Italian, Rome, circa 1715-1725
BUST OF POPE GREGORY XIII (1502-1585)
marble, on a later veined red marble socle
bust: 32 by 31cm., 12 5/8  by 12 1/4 in. 
base: 13cm., 5 1/8 in. 
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Catalogue Note

This beautifully carved late Baroque portrait of the 16th-century Pope Gregory XIII (who was responsible for the Gregorian Calendar) was almost certainly executed around the time of the creation of his posthumous monument for St Peters in Rome by Camillo Rusconi, between 1715 and 1723. The obvious candidate for the attribution of the present bust is the Milanese sculptor Carlo Francesco Mellone (Meloni) who was responsible for carving the bas-relief showing Gregory XIII reforming the calendar (probably to Rusconi's designs) on the fictive funerary urn below the sepulchral statue, and for which he was paid 108 scudi on 12 March 1718. Aside from the obvious portrait similarity between the present bust and the relief, the treatment of the beard and execution of the details and drapery are close. The present bust is preserved in excellent condition.

RELATED LITERATURE
R. Enggass, Early Eighteenth-Century Sculpture in Rome, University Park and London, 1976, pp. 102-103, figs 67-68; G. Ferrari and S. Papaldo, Le sculture del Seicento a Roma, Rome, 1999, p. 110

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