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ID number:  BIRBI-64.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Italian School
Title / Object name:  Head of Prudence
Object type:  Sculpture
Place made:  Gaeta, near Naples
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  early 15th century
Materials:  Marble
Measurements:  (h) 26.3 x (w) 16.4 x (d) 15.9 cm
Provenance:  Acquired by a naval lieutenant at the siege of Gaeta, 1799, probably from the Church of S. Francesco; purchased from Jan Bostram, London, February 1964, for £700

Prudence was one of the four Cardinal Virtues; she is shown with two faces to represent her watchfulness. This fragment probably came from an early 15thcentury tomb sculpture in the Church of San Francesco, Gaeta, near Naples. It is said to have been taken by Lieutenant James Wheeler, of the British Marines, in 1799. He helped liberate Gaeta that year after a period of occupation by Napoleon’s troops, who badly damaged the church. It was possibly made by one of the sculptors who had worked in Naples for Alfonso V of Aragon (1396-1458).

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