Niccolo da Uzzano - Item #179
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FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
13 Inches High x 10 Inches Wide x 10 Inches Deep
The head from the bust of Niccolò da Uzzano. Niccolò da Uzzano (1359-1431) was a Florentine politician who opposed the Medici family. He was the nominal head of the oligarchs in the Republican government and was also elected Gonfaloniere of Justice, or the head of state. The original bust is polychromed terracotta and it underwent restoration in 1985. The modeling of the face was based on a death mask of Niccolò da Uzzano and then reworked, such as opening the eyes. It is the earliest known example of the 15th century that incorporates a mask into a bust. It is also thought to be the first portrait since Classical antiquity that was made as an independent artwork. Long said to be by Donatello, art historians continue to debate the attribution of this piece; it may have been created by Desiderio da Settignano as well.
Artist: Donatello, or Desiderio da Settignano
Museum: Bargello National Museum, Florence
Origin: Palazzo Capponi, Florence, Italy
Time Period: Renaissance, 1430s or 1450s
1911 Catalog ID # - 5186
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"Niccolò da Uzzano." Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niccol%C3%B2_da_Uzzano.