1621 - 1633
Cardinal Scipione Borghese, Italian, 1577 - 1633, commissioned from the artist, 1621; by inheritance within the Borghese family.
Source: Faldi, 1953, published the payments to Bernini, dated from June and September 1621.
1633 - 1893
Borghese Family, Italian [sold, premises of Vincenzo Capobianchi, auction organized by art dealer Giacomini, Rome, Mar. 13-24, 1893, lot 640, to private collector in Vienna, Austria]
Source: In the 1893 auction catalogue, the bust is described as a bust of Paul V by Alessandro Algardi.
1893 - still in 1916
Source: Information provided by Faldi, 1953, who did not know the location of the bust at that date.
1960s - 2004
Ernest Zmetàk, Slovakian, 1919 - 2004, by inheritance to his heirs.
2004 - 2014
Heirs of Ernest Zmetàk, Slovakian, 1919 - 2004 [unsold, Soga auction 114, Bratislava, Dec. 3, 2013, lot. 144; unsold, Soga auction 118, Bratislava, Sept. 23, 2014, lot. 200; sold through Soga, Bratislava, to private collector (Slovakia), 2014]
Source: In both the Soga auction catalogues the bust is described as "Bust of Pope, after Gian Lorenzo Bernini, about 1880."
2014 - 2015
Private Collection, on consignment to Sotheby's (London), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum by private treaty sale, 2015.