French Sculpture Census

photo credit : Philadelphia Museum of Art
artist © : public domain

ROSSO, Medardo
Turin, Italy 1858 - Milano, Italy 1928

Ecce Puer
Ecce Puer (Behold the Child)

wax over plaster with brown patina

15 7/8 x 9 1/2 x 6 3/4

Acc. No. : 1969-80-1
Credit Line : Purchased with the Membership Fund, 1969

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Museum of Art


  • 1969, Purchased with the Membership Fund


  • Museum's website, 16 March 2015


Museum's website, 16 March 2015:
Ecce Puer, or Behold the Child, was a commissioned portrait of six-year-old Alfred William Mond. Rosso is said to have been having difficulty creating the image of the child until he caught a glimpse of the boy peeking through a curtain. The artist called this work a "vision of purity."