Triton with a Shell, ca. 1630, before 1642

  • Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini, Italian, 1598-1680


  • Overall: 12 1/8 × 8 3/8 × 7 1/8 inches (30.8 × 21.3 × 18.1 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Ralph Harman Booth Bequest Fund


On View

  • European: Grand Tour of Italy-Rome, Level 2, South


European Sculpture and Dec Arts

possibly Palazzo Barberini (Rome, Italy)

Friedrich von Amerling (Vienna, Austria)

May 6, 1916, (Dorotheum, Vienna, Austria) Estate of Friedrich von Amerling

Dr. Rudolphe Berl (Vienna, Austria)

(Wildenstein, New York, New York, USA)

1952-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini, Triton with a Shell, ca. 1630, before 1642, terracotta. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Ralph Harman Booth Bequest Fund, 52.219.