VALLE, Filippo della
(b. 1698, Firenze, d. 1768, Roma)

Bust of Pope Clement XII

Terracotta, height 96 cm
Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent

The Bust of Pope Clement XII was long attributed to Pieter Antoon Verschaffelt (1710-1793) from Ghent, who lived and worked in Rome during the papacy of Clement XIII and Benedict XIV and performed a number of important commissions. The portrait is now believed to be the work of Filippo della Valle, one of Rome's leading sculptors in the mid-18th century. The marble version of this terracotta bust is now in the Palazzo Braschi in the Italian capital.