Toledo: Toledo Museum of Art, n.d. [ca. 1938-39]. Kennedy, Clarence. First edition. Unbound sheets. Gelatin silver photograph printed on semi-glossy paper and mounted on light card stock, laid within 4-page letterpress folder. No date, but ca. 1938-39, as the portfolio was probably issued in commemoration of the work's acquisition in 1938. Signed by Kennedy lower right in pencil. Photo is ca. 8 1/2 x 12 inches; sheets are ca. 12 x 18 inches. . Handling wear and soil to the paper; photo is very good. Item #30853
The profile of a woman is carved in low relief in pietra serena, a type of sandstone. It may have been made for a private chapel. The subject is now identified as St. Helena, mother of the emperor Constantine. It is judged an authentic 15th-century Florentine work, though the attribution to Desiderio da Settignano remains up for debate. The letterpress describes the sculpture at length; there are no details about the photo. It shows off Kennedy's typical subtle lighting that highlights and enhances every delicate detail of the modeling. Uncommon. Shipping/handling will be extra; please keep this in mind when ordering.