Description Boxwood has a fine texture that allows delicate undercutting, as in the lady's right hand, holding the flower. Turning a portrait into an intricate work of art honors the person portrayed. This type of carving was a specialty of German artists, but the signature on the side sounds like an Italian name: C. ZORZI RUINA F. (fecit = made this). "Zorzi" is Venetian dialect for "Giorgio." Perhaps this otherwise unknown artist was a German who settled in Venice to take advantage of the wealthy clientele there.
- World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972.
Provenance Mrs. Breckenridge Long, Laurel, Maryland; Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 1959, by bequest.
Credit Bequest of Mrs. Breckenridge Long, 1959
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