Pacing Horse, ca. between 1470 and 1530

  • Italian
  • Donatello, Italian, 1386-1466

Gessoed poplar with black paint and traces of gilding, with hand forged iron-rod and supports between base and stomach of horse

  • Overall: 27 3/4 × 33 × 15 1/4 inches (70.5 × 83.8 × 38.7 cm)

Gift of Mr. Edsel B. Ford

37.176

On View

  • European: Medieval and Renaissance W234

Department

European Sculpture and Dec Arts

  • Gilding
  • Poplar
  • Paint
  • Gesso
  • Sculpture
  • Florence
  • Animal
  • Horse

Pazzi family of Florence, Orfini-Pazzi Palace, via della Croce Bianca (Foligno, Italy); (Ugo Jandolo) (Rome, Italy); purchased by Edsel B. Ford [1893–1943] (Grosse Pointe, Michigan, USA); 1937-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

"Exhibition of Italian Sculpture." Bulletin of the DIA 17, no. 4 (January 1938): pp. 22-23 (ill.). Valentiner, W.R. Italian Gothic and Early Renaissance Sculptures. Exh. cat., DIA. Detroit, 1938, no. 30 (ill.) [unpaginated]. Valentiner, W.R. "A Statuette in Wood by Jacopo della Quercia." Bulletin of the DIA 20, no. 2 (November 1940): pp. 14-15. Greenleaf, William. From These Beginnings: The Early Philanthropies of Henry and Edsel Ford, 1911–1936. Detroit, 1964, p. 163. Darr, A.P. A Valentiner Legacy: Italian Sculpture in Detroit, Apollo 124 (December 1986): pp. 480, 484, no. 18 (fig. 7). Avery, C. Giambologna: The Complete Sculpture. Oxford and Mt. Kisco, New York, 1987, pp. 158, 251, appendix I, doc. III. Metelli, G. "Un modello per statua equestre del Detroit Institute of Arts." Bollettino storico della citta di Foligno XIX (1995): pp. 577-579. Darr, A.P., P. Barnet, A. Boström, C. Avery, et al. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Detroit Institute of Arts, 2 vols. London, 2002, I, cat. 64.

Italian; school of Donatello, Pacing Horse, ca. between 1470 and 1530, gessoed poplar with black paint and traces of gilding, with hand forged iron-rod and supports between base and stomach of horse. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mr. Edsel B. Ford, 37.176.