Anisy-le-Château, Aisne 1824 - Sèvres, Hauts-de-Seine 1887

Buste du jeune Virgile

Bust of the Young Virgil

c. 1868-1883



Dimensions (HxWxD): H. 21 58; on base, H. 19 58 in.

on back of bust: A. Carrier Belleuse

Acc. No.: 1994.2

Credit Line: In memory of John F. Paramino, Boston Sculptor

Photo credit: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

© Artist:


  • 1893, March 21-23, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, Carrier-Belleuse Sale, lot 167
  • By 1992, New York, Sandorval & Co., Inc.
  • 1994, January 26, sold by Sandorval & Co. to the MFA


  • Museum's website, 24 February 2012 and 20 March 2012
  • 1974 Hargrove
    June Hargrove, Carrier-Belleuse, Clésinger, and Dalou: French Nineteenth-Century Sculptors, The Minneapolis Institute of Art Bulletin, vol. 61, 1974, p. 29-43


  • Museum's label text, 2011:
    Carrier-Belleuse was on of the most prolific and successful sculptors of the Second Empire in France, designing and executing decorations in Paris for Louvre, the Bank of France, and the Opera. He also made portraits of many prominent figures, including the emperor Napoleon III. This bust is an original terra-cotta model that appeared in a sale held by the sculptor in 1883, apparently as a pair to a bust of Dante. Although the bust of Virgil, based on the classical Apollo Belvedere, is neoclassical in style, it also reflects eighteenth-century sculpture in the sensual modeling of the features and hair.