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A Bacchante

XVII century. Marble. Not on display

This was part of a series of decorative reliefs with the heads of fauns or maenads. Some wear a wreath with bunches of grapes. Drawings of fifteen of these reliefs appear in the album of the Marquis of el Carpio´s collection with round frames and a foot, as if they were designed to be placed on a cornice or console. Barrón (1908) catalogued them as Italian works from between the16th and 17th centuries, while Tormo (1948) considered them to be from antiquity. Blanco (1957) thought the were Renaissance works. In fact, they were made in a Roman workshop during the second half of the 17th century, and they recall the style of stucco works derived from models by G. L. Bernini, such as the Saved Soul and the Condemned Soul at the Palazzo di Spagna in Rome. They more directly recall a Bacchante´s head attributed to Bernini at the Palazzo Venezia in Rome. Finally, there is a relief with a faun´s head from this same series at the La Granja Palace, on a base of the sort that appears in the Marquis´s album (Text from Coppel Aréizaga, R.: Catálogo de la escultura de época Moderna: siglos XVI-XVIII, Museo del Prado, 1998, p. 296).

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Inventory number
A Bacchante
XVII century
Height: 36.5 cm.; Width: 29.7 cm.; Base/bottom: 19.5 cm.; Weight: 20.6 Kg.
Diez relieves con cabezas de faunos o ménades
Collection of marqués del Carpio; Collection of Casa de Alba; Royal Collection (acquired by Felipe V from Duchess of Alba, 1728).

Bibliography +

Hübner, Emil, Die Antiken Bildwerke in Madrid, Druck Und Verlag Von Georg Reimer, Berlín, 1862.

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la escultura, Museo Nacional de Pintura y Escultura, Madrid, 1908, pp. 147, 151, 172-178.

Ricard, Robert, Marbres Antiques du Musee du Prado a Madrid, Feret & Fils, Burdeos, 1923, pp. nº 191, 208.

Tormo y Monzó, Elías (1869-1957), Homenaje Español a la Memoria de Emil Hubner, El Fundador de..., Imprenta y Editorial Maestre, Madrid, 1948, pp. lám. 2-5 y 13, 14.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Madrid, 1957, pp. 148-149, 156-159.

Blanco, Antonio; Lorente, Manuel, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo del Prado, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. 147-148, 156-159.

Cacciotti, B., La collezione del VII Marchese del Carpio tra Roma e Madrid, Bolletino d'Arte, 86-87, 1994, pp. 133-196.

Coppel, Rosario, Catálogo de la escultura de época moderna. Museo del Prado: siglos XVI-XVIII, Museo del Prado; Fundación Marcelino Botín, Madrid, 1998, pp. 296.

Elvira Barba, Miguel Ángel, El Cuaderno de Ajello y las esculturas del Museo del Prado, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1998, pp. nº59.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, Escultura, 1857. Núm. 37.
37. Medio relieve igual al nº 30.

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in black. On the front

Inscribed in red color. On the front

Cross of Burgundy or Cross of Saint Andrew, collection’s mark belonging to Felipe V. On the front


Exhibitions +

El cuaderno de Ajello y las esculturas del Museo del Prado
19.10.1998 - 03.01.1999

Update date: 24-09-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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