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Boy Pulling a Thorn from His Foot (Spinario)
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Boy Pulling a Thorn from His Foot (Spinario)

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Description This statuette is based on a famous Roman bronze statue of a boy sitting on a tree stump pulling a thorn ("spina") from his foot. The sculpture had been known since the 12th century, when it stood outside the Lateran Palace in Rome. At the end of the 15th century, it was transferred to the Palazzo dei Conservatori on the Capitoline Hill, where it can still be seen. The antique statue was much admired because of its graceful naturalism in depicting an intimate, human moment. The style of modeling and treatment of the surfaces are those of the influential bronze founder and sculptor Severo da Ravenna, who produced small-scale copies of famous antique sculptures.
Date Description Narrative
12/17/1963Treatmentrepaired; loss compensation
8/28/1979Loan Considerationexamined for loan
  • The Mannerists. Fort Wayne Art Museum, Indiana, Fort Wayne; Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin. 1963-1965.
  • Beyond Nobility: Art for the Private Citizen in the Early Renaissance. Allentown Museum of Art, Allentown. 1980.
  • The Allure of Bronze. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
  • Déjà Vu? The Repeating Image in Renaissance and Baroque Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2007-2008.
Provenance J. E. Taylor Collection, London [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Christie's, London, July 1, 1912, no. 37; Arthur Sambon, Paris, [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1928, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1928

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1510-1530 (Renaissance)
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H: 6 5/8 in. (16.9 cm)

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