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Pomona

Pomona

c. 1500

circle of Andrea Riccio

(Italian, c. 1470–1532)
Overall: 15.5 cm (6 1/8 in.)

Description

According to Roman mythology, the nymph Pomona cared for the gardens and forests, rejecting the pursuits of her suitors. The god Vertumnus fell in love with her. He disguised himself as an old woman, complimented her orchard and kissed Pomona passionately. As an old woman, Vertumnus explained that there was one person who loved both Pomona and her garden. Vertumnus then revealed himself to her, and from then on the two cared for Pomona's gardens together. Classicizing in style, Pomona stands nude with her weight on her left leg. She holds a bowl of fruit in her left hand while her right hand is clenched, suggesting it may have once held another object. Pomona wears a diadem, or headband, and hair decorated with a beaded garland falls in two locks over her shoulders. A hole has been drilled at the top of the figure's head for removal of the core and casting pins appear in the back of the right shoulder and on the front of the left leg. Other examples of this statuette exist in Oxford, Paris, Berlin and Washington. Only the Washington and Cleveland versions have been attributed to Riccio because of their superior quality of casting and the rich patinas.
  • Weiler (Berlin, Germany).
    Dr. Ernö Wittmann, died 1963 (Budapest, Hungary).
    R. Stora & Co. (New York, New York), sold to Mr. and Mrs. Severance A. Millikin
    Mr. and Mrs. Severance A. Milliken, by gift to the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1948.
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1966. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1966. Reproduced: p. 87 archive.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1969. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1969. Reproduced: p. 87 archive.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1978. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1978. Reproduced: p. 100 archive.org
  • Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, (fall, 1943-1944): "15th and 16th c. Sculpture in Bronze and Wood, lent by Dr. Ernst Wittman," (no cat.)
  • {{cite web|title=Pomona|url=false|author=Andrea Riccio|year=c. 1500|access-date=13 June 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1948.486