Guido Mazzoni, Head of a Man

Guido Mazzoni, Head of a Man, 1480s, polychrome terracotta, 26 cm high (Galleria Estense, Modena)

Additional resources

This work at the Galleria Estense, Modena.

Read more about expanding our understanding of the renaissance on Smarthistory.

Read more about Italian terracotta sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Read about another famous sculptor, the Florentine Luca della Robbia, who worked in terracotta.

Bruce Boucher, ed. Earth and Fire: Italian Terracotta Sculpture from Donatello to Canova (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002).

Heather Graham, “Compassionate Lament: Somatic Selfhood and Gendered Affect in Italian Lamentation Imagery,” in Visualizing Sensuous Suffering and Affective Pain in Early Modern Europe and the Spanish Americas, Heather Graham and Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank, eds. (Leiden: Brill, 2018), pp. 82–115.

Heather Graham, “Artifice and Interiority: The Image of Grief in the Age of Reform,” in Vanishing Boundaries: Scientific Knowledge and Art Production in the Early Modern Era, ed. A. Victor Coonin and Lilian H. Zirpolo, (Ramsey, NJ: Women Art Patrons and Collectors Conference Organization, 2015), pp. 25–50.

Alison Cole, Art of the Italian Renaissance Courts: Virtue and Magnificence (London: Orion Publishing Group, 1995).

Timothy Verdon, The Art of Guido Mazzoni. Outstanding Dissertations in the Fine Arts (New York: Garland Publishing, 1978).

Cite this page as: Dr. Heather Graham and Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank, "Guido Mazzoni, Head of a Man," in Smarthistory, November 30, 2022, accessed February 23, 2024,