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Colossal Head
Carducho, Vicente (Attributed to)
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Carducho, Vicente (Attributed to)

Colossal Head

Ca. 1635. Oil on canvas

This colossal head may be that of a giant, a figure taken from classical mythology in which such characters are described as being rough and primitive beings, possessed of remarkable strength and terrifying to look at. The first reference to the canvas (1661) locates it on a staircase in the Buen Retiro palace in Madrid, probably the one known as the buffoons staircase as it was hung with Velázquez’s famous paintings on that subject, executed close to the date of this head.

Technical data

Inventory number
P000638
Author
Carducho, Vicente (Attributed to)
Title
Colossal Head
Date
Ca. 1635
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 246 cm.; Width: 205 cm.
Provenance
Royal Collection (Palacio del Buen Retiro, Madrid, 1661; Palacio del Buen Retiro, Madrid, 1701, s.n.; Buen Retiro, 1794, nº 124).

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 121.

Barghahn, Barbara Von, Philip IV and the Golden House of the Buen Retiro in the Tradition of Caesar, Garland PublishingInc., Nueva York. Londres, 1986, pp. 340 / lám. 1234.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, I, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. nº1625.

Portús Pérez, Javier, Velázquez and the Celebration of Painting: The Golden Age in the Museo del Prado, The Yomiuri Shimbun: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokio, 2018, pp. n.20.

Other inventories +

Inv. Testamentaría Carlos II, Buen Retiro, 1701-1703. Núm. s. n..
[606] Una Caueza de Vn Jigante de tres Uaras de alto y dos y media de ancho con marco negro que pareçe de mano de Bizençio Carduchi tasada en diez doblones ... 600

Inv. Testamentaría Carlos III, Buen Retiro, 1794. Núm. 124.
Otra [pintura] de Vicencio Garduchi: Una Cabeza de un Gigante de tres varas de alto, y dos y media de ancho...500

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 1625.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 1625.
V. Carducci. / 1625. Estudio de una cabeza de hombre de tamaño colosal. / Alto 8 pies, 10 pulg; ancho 7 pies, 4 pulg.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 685.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1910. Núm. 638.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1942-1996. Núm. 638.

Exhibitions +

Velázquez and the Celebration of Painting: the Golden Age in the Museo del Prado
Kobe
13.06.2018 - 14.10.2018

Velázquez and the Celebration of Painting: the Golden Age in the Museo del Prado
Kobe
13.06.2018 - 14.10.2018

Velázquez and the Celebration of Painting: the Golden Age in the Museo del Prado
Tokio
24.02.2018 - 27.05.2018

Velázquez and the Celebration of Painting: the Golden Age in the Museo del Prado
Tokio
20.02.2018 - 27.05.2018

Location +

(On Display)

Update date: 22-11-2018 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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