Perhaps a gentleman


This work is entitled Portrait of a Scholar and comes from the workshop of Italian sculptor Guglielmo della Porta. The piece is part of the museum's permanent collection and was completed in the mid-1500s; it was originally part of a tomb. The man is obviously a scholar, but was he a gentleman too?

20 comments:

  1. That's a beautiful piece of work and beautifully photographed..

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  2. The craftsmanship of the sculptor is exquisitely done.

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  3. Very nice shot! I'd readily bet he's a gentleman. I don't suppose common folk were remembered in sculpture.

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  4. Nice shot of this piece!

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  5. Anyone who can make a stone look like a pillow is a master sculptor.

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  6. You would have to ask his wife.

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  7. This is fantastic! Nice capture!

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  8. I guess the secret lies with him, amazing sculpture though.

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  9. Indeed all craftsmen of those days let it look as if creating a sculpture of stone is nothing more than just a painless effort.

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  10. I suppose we'll never know. But the person who created this was definitely an artist.

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  11. Looks really a gentleman of the old school.

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  12. Ja, ein Gelehrter bestimmt, ob Gentleman das weiß ich leider nicht.
    Das Bode Museum ist eine wahre Schatztruhe.
    FG Mia

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  13. We might never know for sure! Wonderful statue.

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  14. It is going to be hard to prove either way, so I will go with, yes, a gentleman, and let someone else disprove it.

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  15. Looks very scholarly. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  16. It's a beautiful sculpture and we shall never know the answer to your question...

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  17. It's incredible how old it is!

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  18. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. Yep, a scholar and a gentleman.

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