- The Galleria Estense
- Museo Lapidario Estense
- Biblioteca Estense Universitaria di Modena
- The Pinacoteca Nazionale
- Palazzo Ducale
Venice, c. 1475 – Ferrara, 1516
Cast bronze, 19 x 19.5 x 14cm; 18 x 19x 14cm
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.