Inv. n°: MMoCA390

The Barberini Tyche

The features of the goddess, a portrait, suggest she was a woman of high status. Her finer details include centrally parted wavy hair bound in a plait at the back and surmounted by a mural crown of three towers each with an arched opening; spiral locks of hair fall down her neck. Probably also a personification of a city, possibly Rome, the head sits on a 17th century bust of Egyptian alabaster and Italian Porta Santa marble with a plinth of Bianco e Nero marble.

h. 82.5 x w. 50 x d. 22 cm

Roman head inserted into a 17th century bust

Marble, Alabaster

Provenance

  • Pope Urban VIII (Cardinal Maffeo Barberini), reigned 1623-1644, Palazzo Barberini alle Quattro Fontane, Rome
  • Cardinal Antonio Barberini (1607-1671), Palazzo Barberini, Rome, (1644 Inventory, no. 663, mentionned as ‘Una testa di cybele, con la testa coronata di torri, con suo petto di porta santa, e camiscia di alabastro, e suo depuccio di bianco e nero, con scabellone di marmo bigio’.)
  • Cardinal Carlo Barberini (1630-1704), Casino al Bastione/Villa de Bastioni, Rome, (1663 Inventory, no. 682)
  • Prince Maffeo Barberini (1631-1685), Rome, Invalid date, (Post-1672 Inventory, no. 663)
  • Prince Maffeo Sciarra (d.1849), Palazzo Sciarra, Rome, by inheritance in 1810/1811
  • Princess Caroline Sciarra, born d'Andrea dei Marchesi di Pesopagno (d. 1913), Palazzo Sciarra, Rome, seen by F. Matz in 1867-1870
  • Acquired at Rupert Wace, London, 9th September 2009

Publications

  • F. Matz and F. von Duhn, Antike Bildwerke in Rom mit Ausschluss der grösseren Sammlungen, Leipzig, 1881, vol. I
  • M. Aronberg Lavin, Seventeenth Century Barberini Documents and Inventories, New York, New York, 1975, pp. 181, 324, 390 and 575
  • C. Pietrangeli, Palazzo Sciarra, Rome, 1986, p. 368, no. 38.
  • J. Pollini, "Roman Marble Sculpture" in M. Merrony (ed.), Mougins Museum of Classical Art, France, 2011, p. 83, fig. 17
  • Egypte Ancienne, May/June/July 2013, no. 8, p. 67
  • J. Oorthuys, Ancient Warfare, Karwansaray Publishers, The Netherlands, April/May 2019, vol XII, issue 6, p. 59
  • in J. Oorthuys (ed.), Ancient History, Karwansaray Publishers, Jun/Jul 2020, no. 28, p. 59

Exhibitions

  • Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), Mougins, France, from June 2011

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