Tuesday 25 June 2024

Anonymous Marble bust in Kansas City Museum.

 Anonymous 18th Century Marble bust in Nelson Atkins Museum Kansas City .

Who is this and who is the sculptor?

The coloured marble socle suggests a French or Italian origin.

from the website -


Can anyone help?


The Photograph of the bust below from The Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City.

Many thanks to Amelia Nelson of the Director, Library and Archives Spencer Art Reference Library at The Nelson-Atkins Museum.

Marble bust of an Anonymous Man.

Anonymous Sculptor

suggested as Italian by the Museum.

Overall: 32 3/4 inches (83.19 cm).

Suggested (perhaps fancifully) as a Bust of Sebastiano Conca (?).

Former Title: Bust of an Artist or Virtuoso.

Provenance - With Lampronti Gallery, London, by 1979.

 Purchased from Lampronti Gallery by Heim Gallery, London, stock no. 76/79, as by Louis-François Roubiliac, by April 1979 [1];

 Purchased from Heim Gallery by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, 1979.


[1] Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Special Collection, Heim Gallery Records, box 202, Commission book 1970-1985.

See -

Bust of a Man – Works – The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art


Signore Sebastiano Conca, Neapolitan Painter  ·

by  Pier Leone Ghezzi.

Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, National Gallery of Art.

Sebastiano Conca (1680 - 1764)

Engraving in the British Museum

Print made by: Silvestre Pomarede

Intermediary draughtsman: Domenico Campiglia

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