Double Head

Attributed to Francesco Primaticcioabout 1543

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

This intriguing sculpture was cast from the female head of the ancient marble statue Cesi Juno(Rome, Capitoline Museum), which Michelangelo described as the most beautiful object in Rome. It may be one of the bronze casts after antique Roman statues that the French king Francis I commissioned from Primaticcio, his court artist, for the château at Fontainebleau, outside Paris; Double Head is depicted in a print of about 1650 above the entrance to a garden at Fontainebleau. It then passed to several famous collectors, including the 18th-century connoisseur Pierre Crozat and the 20th-century designer Yves Saint Laurent.

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  • Title: Double Head
  • Creator: Attributed to Francesco Primaticcio
  • Date: about 1543
  • Location Created: Fontainebleau, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 38.5 x 35 x 20 cm (15 3/16 x 13 3/4 x 7 7/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Sculpture
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 2011.45
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum North Pavilion, Gallery N204
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: Italian
  • Classification: Sculpture