Images of the Artist (November 15, 2011 to February 12, 2012)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 15, 2011 to February 12, 2012
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Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Atrium
Allegorical Group with a Bust of an Architect
Unknown maker, possibly Belgian
France (Place created)
1780 - 1800
67 x 41.8 x 36.5 cm (26 3/8 x 16 7/16 x 14 3/8 in.)
A gracefully posed young woman gestures towards a portrait
While the bust may be a portrait of an unidentified architect, the other figures are
Although the use of allegory recalls tomb monuments, the piece speaks in a celebratory mode, honoring the architect with the
The work was made in several pieces that were joined together before firing. Except for the woman's head, which is hollow, each of the figures is made of solid clay.
Fusco, Peter. Summary Catalogue of European Sculpture in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 43, ill.