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Allegory of Astronomy
Castillo, José del
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Castillo, José del

Madrid (Spain), 1737 - Madrid (Spain), 1793

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Allegory of Astronomy

Ca. 1775. Oil on canvas.
Not on display

This canvas, like P7349, is one of a group of six preparatory designs for the tapestries made for the private room of the Princess of Asturias in the Royal Palace. In each canvas a putto holds symbols referring to the work’s allegorical subject, in this case Astronomy’s armillary sphere and compasses. Based on Renaissance ornamentation, the delicacy and colour as well as the floral and bird motifs are all characteristically Rococo.


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Castillo, José del
Allegory of Astronomy
Ca. 1775
Height: 112.8 cm; Width: 110 cm
Gabinete de la Princesa de Asturias, Palacio Real de El Pardo.
Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid; moved to the Royal Palace, Madrid, in the mid-nineteenth century.

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (III). Nuevas Adquisiciones. Museo Iconográfico. Tapices., Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996, pp. nº 5581 (Inv. cart. tapices).

Other inventories +

Inv. Cartones para Tapices. Núm. 5581.
[José del Castillo] / 5581 [Nº del inventario moderno] 42 [Id. antiguo] / id id id Astronomia

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Orb / Sphere

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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