Item #30853 Desiderio da Settignano: St. Cecilia [signed]. Clarence Kennedy, Toldeo Museum of Art, photographer.

Desiderio da Settignano: St. Cecilia [signed]

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.

Price: $250.00

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