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Egyptian Priest

130 - 140. Grey marble. Room 110

This statue and its pair (E00414) were found in the area of the Egyptian sanctuaries at Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, near Rome. Cardinal Camillo Massimo (1620-1677), their first owner following their rediscovery, had them reconstructed from fragments of various sculptures. This figure holds a whip, which is an attribute of Egyptian priests. The two sculptures probably decorated an artificial grotto used for grand nocturnal banquets.

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Egyptian Priest
Pencil on paper, Mid-XVIIIcentury
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Egyptian Priest
130 - 140
Grey marble
Height: 165 cm.; Width: 50 cm.; Base/bottom: 40 cm.; Weight: 244.2 Kg.
Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli; Collection of Cardinal Camillo Massimo; Collection of Casa de Alba; Royal Collection

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Hübner, Emil, Die Antiken Bildwerke in Madrid, Druck Und Verlag Von Georg Reimer, Berlín, 1862, pp. nº 2.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1933, pp. nº415.

Tormo, Elías, El último de los faraones y la estatuaria egipcia en el Museo del Prado, Boletín de la Sociedad Española de Excursiones, 52, 1944, pp. 88.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Madrid, 1957, pp. nº415-E.

Blanco, Antonio; Lorente, Manuel, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo del Prado, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. nº415.

Cacciotti, Beatrice, La dispersioni di alcune antichitá della collezione Massimo in Spagna e in Inghliterra' En: Camillo Massimo Collezionista Di Antichita. Fonti e Materiali, L'Erma Di Bretschneider, Roma, 1996, pp. 213-238.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Escultura clásica: guía, Fundación Marcelino Botín; Museo del Prado, Santander, 1999, pp. 210.

Schröder, Stephan F., Catálogo de la escultura clásica: Museo del Prado, II, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 455-463.

Schröder, S. y Elvira Barba, M. A., ''Eutichio Ajello (1711-1793) y su descripción de la célebre Real Galería de San Ildefonso'', Boletín del Museo del Prado, XXIV, 2006, pp. 40-88.

Beaven, Lisa, An ardent patron. Cardinal Camillo Massimo and his antiquarian and artisctic circle: Giovanni Pietro Bellori,Claude Lorrain,Nicolas Poussin, Diego Velázquez., P.Holberton-C.Estd.Europa Hispánica, Londres Madrid, 2010, pp. 267-273 [272].

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


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Room 110 (On Display)

Update date: 28-08-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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