Behold the Boy (Ecce Puer)

(1906/cast c. 1958-1959)

Medardo Rosso, Italian, b. Turin, 1858–1928

Beeswax over plaster, 17 1/4 x 13 3/4 x 10 3/8 in. (43.8 x 34.9 x 26.2 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.4411

Provenance:
Sra. Clotilde Rosso (artist's daughter-in-law), Milan
Sra. Danila Rosso Paravicini (artist's granddaughter), Milan, to late 1962 or January 1963
Peridot Gallery, New York, to 25 January 1963 (through agent in Milan)
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 25 January 1963- 17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "Medardo Rosso," 2 October-23 November 1963, no. 27, cover ill.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, fig. 142, p. 113.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. "Images of Children," 17 August-4 November 1979, no cat.

Published References:
BARBANTINO, NINO. Medardo Rosso (Venice: Neri Pozza, 1950), pp. 33, 52, 73-4.
UNSIGNED. "From Exhibitions Here and There," Art International 4
no. 2-3 (1960), ill. p. 72.
UNSIGNED. "Art: The Moment Caught," Newsweek 62 (7 October 1963), ill. p. 106.
TILLIM, SIDNEY. "Month in Review," Arts Magazine 38 (November 1963),
ill. p. 30.
KOZLOFF, MAX. "The Equivocation of Medardo Rosso," Art International
7 (5 December 1963), ill. p. 47 (Reprint in Renderings: Critical Essays on Century of Modern Art (New York: Clarion, 1969), p. 175, ill. no. 9).
BARR, MARGARET SCOLARI. Medardo Rosso (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1963), color frontispiece, pp. 8, 49, 58-9, 65, plates 57, 78.
UNSIGNED. "New Books: Medardo Rosso," Studio International 168
(November 1964), ill. p. 232.
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
(New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), pp. 103, 742, fig. 142 p. 113.
ELSEN, ALBERT E. Origins of Modern Sculpture: Pioneers and Premises
(New York: George Braziller, 1979), no. 59, pp. 44, 70, ill. p. 43.
SELZ, PETER. Art in our Times: A Pictorial History 1890-1980
(New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich and Harry N. Abrams, 1981), ill. 191, p. 86.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Symbolism