Artist attributed to Paolo Amato, Italian, 1634 - 1714
  • Pelican in Her Piety
Date ca. between 1680 and 1700
Medium Sculpted and inlaid marble
Dimensions Overall: 78 × 52 1/2 inches (198.1 × 133.4 cm)
Credit Line Gift of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and the Hearst Foundation, Inc.
Accession Number 58.261
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View Great Hall W200, Level 2 (see map)
Unidentified villa (Bagheris, near Palermo, Sicily);
1928, William Salomon (New York, New York, USA);
William Randolph Hearst Foundation;
1958-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Important eighteenth century French art collection belonging to the late Mrs. William Salomon. Sales cat., Anderson Galleries. New York, 1928, pp. 178-181, nos. 180-181 no. 669 [as pair].

Hearst sale. 1941, no. 322.

Piazza, S. "Marble Architectural Decoration in Sicily, Fifteenth to Eighteenth Century." Bulletin of the DIA 73, nos. 1/2 (1999).

Vicinelli, S. "An American History of the Marble Relief Sculptures from Sicily." Bulletin of the DIA 73, nos. 1/2 (1999): pp. 55-59.

Darr, A.P., P. Barnet, A. Boström, C. Avery, et al. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Detroit Institute of Arts. London, 2002, 2 vols., II, cat. 143a.