Head of a woman
This Carrara marble head of a woman was found recently in the rooms beneath the Theatre in the Villa.
The marble shows signs of breakage on the nose and mouth. The neck too was broken and it is difficult to know if the head was part of an entire sculpture or a bust.
It is larger than life-size and the face has typically classical features, with the hair gathered up, two locks that fall down onto the forehead and a band seen beneath. Certain details allow the work to be considered “unfinished” and to be dated to the sixteenth century.
It is assumed that the sculpture was part of the ancient statues that the Cavaceppi workshop joined with modern parts to create integrated works.