Women’s Heads

Antonio Lombardo

Venice, c. 1475 – Ferrara, 1516

Cast bronze, 19 x 19.5 x 14cm; 18 x 19x 14cm

Inv. 2260, 2261

The Galleria Estense, Modena

These two exquisite Heads, modelled by Venetian sculptor Antonio Lombardo and probably cast by Severo da Ravenna, were part of the original Estense collections. They are a typical example of Renaissance collectors’ taste for  items inspired by classical models. A fashion  that spread across Venice in the early decades of the sixteenth century. The perfectly oval faces, sophisticated hair arrangements and dreamy, melancholic air are also found in the paintings of Giovanni Bellini and Giovan Battista Cima da Conegliano’s depictions of female beauty.