Gerald G. Boyce 1980s “Battista Sforza” Miniature Diorama Maquette


A diorama maquette from the 1980s by the American artist Gerald G. Boyce (1925-1999). This work in miniature was a design created by Boyce for a monument that was to be built in Perugia, Italy in commemoration of the 500 year anniversary of the death of Federigo da Montefeltro, the Duke of Urbino. In the miniature, Boyce hand-painted a copy of the famous Italian Renaissance portrait by Piero della Francesca of da Montefeltro's wife, Battista Sforza. In the diorama, the portrait is being painted by a man standing on a ladder in park setting. The back of the maquette shows miniature figures standing amidst building material leaning agains the monument. Unsigned, the maquette is attached to a wooden base and encased within an acrylic shell.

Born in Embarrass, Wisconsin, Boyce graduated with an undergraduate Science degree from Wisconsin State University in 1949 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1950. He later completed postgraduate degrees from Indiana University, the University of Illinois, Oxford University, and the Americano Guatemalteco Instituto in Guatemala. Boyce had an extensive teaching career, mostly as the chair of the Art Department, as well as an art history professor, at the University of Indianapolis. He also taught at Fresno State College, St. John's University, Indiana University, and Wabash College. He exhibited his own art extensively and his works have been included at exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Chicago Art Institute, the Los Angeles Art Museum, as well as many other museums, galleries, and universities. 



6.25” x 8.75” x 6.25”.

Condition notes:

Age appropriate wear. Some glue and debris present to the front right corner of the wooden base. Scratches and scuffs present.

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