Purchased from Signor Stiattesi in 1864 for £1 4s (30 francs)
Filippo di Matteo Strozzi
Benedetto da Maiano (1441-97)
Terracotta with residual pigment
In the Staatliche Museen, Berlin, Germany
Filippo Strozzi (1428-91), called Il Vecchio, was a wealthy Florentine banker for whom Benedetto da Maiano executed several commissions, including his funerary monument in Maria Novella (see V&A cast 1866-5, Virgin and Child with a border of Cherubin, for this monument). The terracotta bust in Berlin, is thought to be the model for the signed but undated marble bust of Filippo Strozzi in the Louvre. The cast of the terracotta portrait was purchased by the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1864, when the portrait was still in the Strozzi Palace in Florence. It was subsequently purchased by the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum (Königliches Museum) of Berlin.