Ideal Head

Creation date
oil on paper mounted on canvas
21-1/2 x 17-1/2 in. 31 x 26-1/2 in. (framed)
Credit line
Daniel P. Erwin Fund
Accession number
Not Currently On View

Hunt’s studies in Europe in the 1840s and ‘50s brought him into contact with Jean François Millet and the Barbizon School.

Hunt returned to America in 1855 and settled in Boston in 1862.

The Renaissance costume of this figure suggests a growing interest in that historical period, one that was also reflected in furniture and other decorative arts of the 1860s and ‘70s.

John Levy, New York; Anderson Galleries, New York; R. C. Vose Gallery, Boston; Purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art with the D. P. Erwin Fund from R. C. Vose Gallery, Boston, MA, in 1923.
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