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Bust of Mariano Fortuny
d'Épinay, Prosper
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d'Épinay, Prosper

Pamplemousses, Isla Mauricio, 1836 - Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire, 1914

Bust of Mariano Fortuny

1869. Terracotta, 39 x 22 cm.

The sculptor and caricature artist Prosper d’Épinay was a close friend of Fortuny’s and they made portraits of each other. Modelled in Rome, this bust is one of the only two portrait sculptures of Fortuny executed during his lifetime and is an early example of the admiration his personality and oeuvre aroused in his colleagues. This appreciation grew notably from 1870 onwards following the success enjoyed by his painting of the Spanish Wedding in Paris.

Technical data

Inventory number
d'Épinay, Prosper
Bust of Mariano Fortuny
High/Height: 39 cm.; Width: 22 cm.; Base/bottom: 14 cm.; Weight: 5.8 Kg.
Descendants of the artist, until 2016

Bibliography +

Azcue Brea, Leticia, La escultura en la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Catálogo y estudio, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, 1994, pp. 433.

Roux-Foujols, Patricia, Prosper D'Ëpinay. Un sculpteur mauricien à la cour des princes, Les Pailles, 1996, pp. 96-97 il.p.26.

Azcue Brea, Leticia, 'De Gemito a Benlliure. Retratos escultóricos de Mariano Fortuny y Marsal en España', Butlletí de la Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de San Jordi, XXIII-XXIX, 2009-2010, pp. 153-171.

Azcue, Leticia, "Busto de Mariano Fortuny" en Memoria de actividades 2016, Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, Madrid, 2017, pp. 46-48.

Azcue, Leticia, 'Prosper d' Epinay. Busto de Mariano Fortuny' En:, Fortuny (1838-1874), Museo Nacional del Prado,, Madrid, 2017, pp. 360-361 n.130.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2925.

Exhibitions +

Fortuny (1838-1874)
21.11.2017 - 18.03.2018

Location +

Room B (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 17-03-2018 | Registry created on 14-11-2017

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