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Bozzetto for a Standing Prophet or Saint

A bozzetto is an artist’s working model for a sculpture that would ultimately be carved from marble or cast in bronze. Few such models from the Renaissance have been preserved, making this example particularly valuable for the insight it gives into the development of the artist’s ideas. In 1537, Guglielmo della Porta settled in Rome, where he was influenced by mannerist sculpture by artists such as Michelangelo. The elegantly elongated and curved body of this figure and its sense of movement are hallmarks of mannerism.

Attributed to Guglielmo della Porta
Italian, ca. 1500/10‒1577
Bozzetto for a Standing Prophet or Saint
Mid-16th century
Terracotta
21 ¼ x 8 ¼ x 7 in. (56.5 x 21 x 17.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 82.3