Description In ancient Rome, busts of famous men were displayed in public and private spaces as models of behavior, a custom that was revived by Renaissance scholars for the decoration of their libraries and studies. This extremely fine bust depicts the celebrated 4th-century BC Greek dramatist Menander. It shares the characteristics of the highly refined busts made by Alari-Bonacolsi including silver eyes following the ancient Roman fashion. Antico was one of the first artists to make bronze versions of Roman portrait busts, which are among the most eloquent examples of the Renaissance appreciation of the art and culture of classical antiquity.
- Antiquity in the Renaissance. Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton. 1978.
- I tesori del collezionismo dei Gonzaga. Museo di Palazzo Ducale, Mantova. 2008-2009.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1927 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1927
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