Bust of Giovanni Francesco Martignone

Bust of Giovanni Francesco Martignone
Artist:
Leone Leoni (Italian, 1509-1590)
Date:
16th century
Medium:
Bronze 
Dimensions:
19 x 19-1/2 in. (48.3 x 49.5 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
F.1965.1.123.S 
Copyright:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View
Description

The identity of the sitter, a Milanese doctor, is based solely on a contemporary medal, and the attribution to Leone is also only conjecture and one that had been made during the Duveen era. It was owned by Duveens in 1913 in partnership with another dealer, Wildensteins, but it was not until around 1940 that the attributions to Leone Leoni, and also his son Pompeo (c. 1553–1608), were suggested by art historians such as Leo Planiscig (1887–1952), Giorgio Nicodemi (b. 1891), and Georg Swarzenski (1876–1957).

Provenance:

[?]Baron Alphonse de Rothschild, Paris, by inheritance to his nephew;
[?]Baron Maurice de Rothschild, Paris.
[Wildenstein, Paris, sold ½ ownership to];
[Duveen Brothers, Paris (stock no. 3311) and New York (stock no. 25876) in 1914-1915, sold 1965 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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