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''Hispania''. Female bust
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"Hispania". Female bust

II century. Africano marble, White marble. Not on display

This female bust, identified by Hübner in the inventories of the Alcázar, represents Hispania, the personification of Spain, according to a type developed in the time of Philip II. Her hair bears similarities to the “towering” haridos seen on Roman matrons of the middle of the 2nd century A.D., but is more heavily ornamented with curls. The workmanship and proportions of the head bring to mind female portraits of the Constantinian era (4th century A.D.), although their hairdos are different. The head type does not resemble the Roman Hispania that appears on ancient coins and in reliefs; therefore, we surmise that this type was a 16th-century invention. The Roman-style hairdo evokes a royal crown of the Renaissance period, making her look like a Queen (Text drawn from Shröeder, Stephan, The Majesty of Spain, Jackson, Mississippi, 2001, p. 115).

The Majesty of Spain. Royal collections from the Museo del Prado and the Patrimonio Nacional presented by The Mississippi Commission for International Cultural Exchange, Jackson, Mississipi Commission For International Cultural Exchange, 2001, p.115

Technical data

Inventory number
E000137
Author
Anonymous
Title
''Hispania''. Female bust
Date
II century; s XVI - XVII century
Technique
Sculpted
Medium
Africano marble; White marble
Dimension
Height: 66 cm.; Width: 55 cm.; Base/bottom: 28 cm.; Weight: 70 Kg.
Provenance
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Hübner, Emil, Die Antiken Bildwerke in Madrid, Druck Und Verlag Von Georg Reimer, Berlín, 1862, pp. 140-141.

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la Escultura, Imprenta y fototipia de J. Lacoste, Madrid, 1908, pp. 111-112, n.137.

Barron, Eduardo, Catalogo de la Escultura.Museo del Prado, Imprenta de J.Lacoste, Madrid, 1908, pp. 111-112.

Arndt, P., Photographische Einzelaufnahmen antiker Sculpturen, S. VI, Bruckmann, Munich, 1912, pp. 1677-1678.

Ricard, Robert, Marbres Antiques du Musee du Prado a Madrid, Feret & Fils, Bordeaux, 1923, pp. 162.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Madrid, 1957, pp. 141-142.

Blanco, Antonio, Museo del Prado : catálogo de la escultura, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. 140.

Coppel, Rosario, Catálogo de la escultura de época moderna. Museo del Prado: siglos XVI-XVIII, Museo del Prado; Fundación Marcelino Botín, Madrid, 1998, pp. 240-241.

Elvira Barba, Miguel Angel, Bajo el signo de Fortuna: esculturas clásicas del Museo del Prado, [s.n], Salamanca, 1999, pp. 38.

Museo Nacional del Prado, La púrpura del imperio, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1999, pp. 92.

El Real Sitio de La Granja de San Ildefonso: retrato y escena del rey, Patrimonio Nacional; El Viso, Madrid, 2000, pp. 444.

The Majesty of Spain. Royal collections from the Museo del Prado and the Patrimonio Nacional presented by The Mississippi Commission for International Cultural Exchange, Mississipi Commission For International Cultural Exchange, Jackson, 2001, pp. 115.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 356.
356. Un busto de marmol griego, la cabeza y ropage de marmol de Italia, con base de jaspe oscuro, sobre un pedestal igual al nº 343: representa una matrona romana. / Alto del busto 2 pies, 3 pulg. 6 lin. Id. La base 7 pulgadas.

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Exhibitions +

Tha majesty of spain. Royal collections from the Museo del Prado & patrimonio nacional (La majestad de España)
Jackson MS
01.03.2001 - 03.09.2001

Update date: 11-05-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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