Purchased from Signor Tombola, Venice in 1884 for £1 10d (25 lire)
Portrait of Apollonio Massa
Alessandro Vittoria (about 1525-1608)
The Seminario, Venice, Italy
A cast of the terracotta model for a marble portrait of Apollonio Massa (d. 1590) formerly in the church of San Domenico di Castello in Venice, which was transferred to the Ateneo Veneto after the suppression of this church in 1807. Although the sitter is represented in contemporary dress in the model, in the final version he is shown wearing classicizing drapery. The terracotta model came from the church of the Maddalena on the Giudecca in 1822 (now the Fondamento delle Convertite or della Rotonda). Prior to its removal, the bust bore an inscription on its base: APPOLONIUS MASSA MEDICUS ET PROCURATOR MONASTERII MDLXXXVII (Apollonio Massa doctor and procurator of the monastery 1587). As the marble version is associated with an inscription of 1572, the date 1587 formerly on the base of the terracotta version must commemorate the date of its installation in the church of the Maddalena rather than that of its execution.