The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Head of Christ
  • Pietro Torrigiani (1472 - 1528)
  • Head of Christ
  • London, England
  • c. 1515
  • Head
  • Marble, limestone, bronze, gilding and paint
  • Head, Diameter: 96.5 cm
    Bust, Height: 45.8 cm
  • S7
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
Commentary
History
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • Torrigiano, Michelangelo’s bitter rival when they were students together in the Florentine Academy and the man who famously broke Michelangelo’s nose in a fight, had come to England by 1511, the year he began a number of sculptures for Westminster Abbey. In 1512 he was commissioned by Henry VIII to design and execute the tomb of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York in the newly built chapel of Henry VII. This bust was also sculpted for the Abbey, and was originally mounted on a wall between the Islip and Esteney Chapels in the north transept. It was probably removed from there in the eighteenth century. It is said that Sir Richard Wallace discovered the sculpture in the servants’ hall of his country seat, Sudbourne Hall in Suffolk.