- Reference number
- Leoni, Pompeo (Attribution)
- Felipe II
- Chronology: Second Half of the Sixteenth Century
- 88 cm x 57 cm x 40 cm
- On display
- Colección Real (Palacio del Buen Retiro, Madrid, jardín del Caballo, 1701, nº 394).
This life-size bust of Felipe II (1527-1598) has a breastplate, a gorget and a cord with the Golden Fleece as its only ornamental elements. The lower part ends in a winged figurehead.
The polished surface and the head's details raise doubts as to which member of the Leoni family made this work, and some consideration has been given to the possibility that it was made by a marble cutter's workshop in Carrara.
While its origin is uncertain, it was probably made for a portrait gallery, as these were very fashionable in Renaissance culture. It appeared in Pompeo's studio in Madrid in 1609. From there, it entered the Royal Collection.