Head of the Virgin
Giuseppe Mazza (Italian, 1631-1741)
Lent by the Greenlease Gallery, Rockhurst University, Kansas City; gift of Mrs. Elmer Pierson in memory of Mrs. Pierson’s mother, Mrs. Daisy C. Kahmann
Giuseppe Mazza is chiefly known as a sculptor who worked in the Rococo style. He is well-known today for a series of monumental reliefs in the Basilica of Ss. John and Paul in Venice, though little of his career is known beyond that.
It is uncertain how this elegantly stylized image of the Virgin originally functioned. A small piece such as this may have been commissioned by a private individual or formed part of series of reliefs in a larger building. The fluid lines and oval format are typical Rococo characteristics.
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