The itinerary <em>TITULORECORRIDO</em> has been successfully created. Now you can add in works from the Collection browser
<em>TITULOOBRA</em> added to <em>TITULORECORRIDO</em> itinerary

Collection <Back
Juan de Villanueva
Gragera y Herboso, José
Close Continuar a ficha de la obra

Gragera y Herboso, José

Laredo, 1818 - Oviedo, 1897

See author's file

Juan de Villanueva

1877 - 1878. Marble

Juan de Villanueva (1739-1811) is represented somewhat larger than life-size, dressed in late eighteenth-century style and covered with a cape. This enlightened architect designed the Prado Museum building, which was originally intended to be a Museum and Cabinet of Natural Sciences. The artist follows the same characteristics found in some of his other commemorative sculptures, such as those of the politician, Juan de Mendizábal, in the Plaza de Tirso de Molina, or that of the natural scientist, Rojas Clemente, in the Botanical Gardens. In the present bust, he concentrates all of his creative powers in an attempt to emulate the capacity of the architect represented there. This image, a bust on a pedestal with robes on his shoulders, is in keeping with neoclassical concepts. Esthetically, it clearly owes much to the busts of illustrious men made during the Renaissance and Baroque, which were in turn based on Roman sculptures.

Technical data

Related artworks

Miguel Ángel
Plaster, 1870
Museo del Prado, vista de la rotonda alta de Goya
Gelatin / Collodion on photographic paper, 1907 - 1915
Inventory number
E000450
Author
Gragera y Herboso, José
Title
Juan de Villanueva
Date
1877 - 1878
Technique
Sculpted
Medium
Marble
Dimension
Height: 96 cm.
Provenance
Acquisition, 1878

Bibliography +

Pardo Canalis, Enrique, Vida y Arte de Jose Gragera, Instituto de Estudios Madrileños, Madrid, 1954, pp. 125.

Gaya Nuño, Juan Antonio, Madrid, Aries, Barcelona, 1966, pp. 178.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catalogo de la Escultura, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1969, pp. 223.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. nº450.

Reyero, Carlos, Escultura, museo y estado en la España del siglo XIX: historia, significado y catálogo de la colección nacional de escultura moderna, 1856-1906, Fundacion Eduardo Capa, Alicante, 2002, pp. 232.

Azcue Brea, L., El origen de las colecciones de escultura del Museo del Prado. El Real Museo de Pintura y Escultura, El taller europeo. Intercambios, influjos y préstamos en escultura moderna europea. I Encuentro europeo de museos con colecciones de escultura, 2012, pp. 73-108.

Azcue Brea, Leticia, La escultura española durante el Romanticismo: continuidad y cambios, El arte de la era romántica, Madrid, 2012, pp. 335-364 [355].

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones, Escultura, 1856-96. Núm. 45.
45 / Autor Dn / Jose Gragera / En Marmol Busto de Villanueva (Arquitecto) / Alto Ancho // [En lápiz azul:] Prado (Paso al Museo del Prado fha 7 Mayo / 1878)

There are no temporary exhibitions related to this work

Location +

Room 027 (On Display)

Expuesto
Update date: 02-05-2019 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

Print on demand

Print artworks available in our catalogue in high quality and your preferred size and finish.

Image archive

Request artworks available in our catalogue in digital format.

Up