Lorenzo Bartolini - inv. 59
This bust portrays Rosa Trivulzio, mother of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli, at the age of 28. The lady herself commissioned this work in 1828 to Lorenzo Bartolini, who was the most admired Italian sculptor of his time after Antonio Canova’s death. His craft as a carver is clearly visible in the expressive features of the face, the refined folds of the dress and the detailed rendering of the curled hair. After her death, Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli kept the bust of his mother in his private study. The sculpture held a great sentimental value for him, to such a degree that he used to personally decorate it with a precious golden necklace with cameos, which had belonged to Rosa.