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Portrait medallion of Pope Alexander VIII (1610 - 1691; reigned 1689 - 1691)
Lorenzo Ottoni (Italian, 1648 - 1726)
White marble medallion mounted on a bigio antico marble base
88.9 x 44.5 x 34.3 x 34.3 cm (35 x 17 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 13 1/2 in.)
Projecting from a white marble
Both the base and the double-headed eagle, symbol of the Pope's Ottoboni family, were carved from a single piece of bigio antico marble. The sculptor skillfully manipulated the color of the stone so that the white-and-gray veined portion comprised the base while the darker, black-and-gray part of the stone was used for the eagle.
The sculpture was a gift from