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The Three Ages of Man: M.31-1917

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Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


The Three Ages of Man


Maker: Unknown




Copper alloy, probably copper, gilt. Heads of a young man, a middle aged man and an old man facing outwards in three directions. The three heads are surmounted by a dome-shaped crown which rises towards its centre into a peak capped by a small, spherical knop.


History note: Traditionally described as having been executed by Ghiberti for 'a Duke of Milan'.

Legal notes

Given by Charles Fairfax Murray

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.9 cm
Width: 10.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Milan ⪼ Lombardy ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1917-08-03) by Murray, Charles Fairfax


17th Century#
Circa 1600 CE - 1700 CE

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Foot Diameter 4.2 cm

Materials used in production

probably copper, gilt Copper alloy

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Copper alloy, probably copper, gilt, cast

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.31-1917
Primary reference Number: 13868
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 July 2023 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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