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Bust Portrait of Leonardo Rinaldi (?)
Italian
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This Carrara marble portrait bust of a bearded man wearing neoclassical military costume is chiselled on the reverse: ‘LEONARDUS RINALDIUS/ A. VICTORIA. F/ MDXXXXVI’ (‘Leonardo Rinaldi / A. [presumably Alessandro] Vittoria F/ 1546’). However, the bust is not in the style of Alessandro Vittoria (1525–1608), the leading sculptor working in Venice in the second half of the sixteenth century, nor has a Leonardo Rinaldi been identified among Venetian noblemen of that time. The sculpture is nonetheless of very high quality and is likely to have been made in Italy in about 1620. The inscription was probably added to increase the value of the sculpture when it was sold.

It was presented to the National Gallery by the Art Fund in 1964 in memory of William Gibson, who was Keeper of the National Gallery from 1938 to 1960. It is one of the very few sculptures in the National Gallery’s collection.

Key facts
Artist Italian
Full title Bust Portrait of Leonardo Rinaldi (?)
Date made perhaps about 1620
Medium and support White Carrara marble
Dimensions 60.9 × 57 × 33 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Presented by the Art Fund in memory of William Gibson (Keeper of the National Gallery, 1938-60), 1964
Inventory number NG6357
Location in Gallery Not on display
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