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Red obelisk
Roman Sculptor (Attributed to: Boschetti, Benedetto)
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Roman Sculptor (Attributed to: Boschetti, Benedetto)

Red obelisk

Before 1851. Red marble, Black marble.
Not on display

Given by Pope Pius IX (1792-1878) to Queen Isabel II of Spain, it reproduces the so-called Flaminian Obelisk in the centre of the Piazza del Popolo in Rome. Its attribution remains uncertain; it may have been made in the circle of the sculptor and mosaicist Benedetto Boschetti, who made high quality souvenirs in the mid-nineteenth century and was awarded a medal at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851.


Technical data

Inventory number
Roman Sculptor (Attributed to: Boschetti, Benedetto)
Red obelisk
Before 1851
Red marble; Black marble
Height: 121 cm; Width: 15.5 cm; Base/bottom: 13.2 cm; Weight: 20.4 Kg
Royal Collection (Given to Queen Elizabeth II by Pius IX; Given to the Museum in 1851).

Bibliography +

González-Palacios, Alvar, Las colecciones reales españolas de mosaicos y piedras duras, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2001, pp. 199-200, nº 37.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, Sección Escultura, 1857. Núm. 995.
"995. Un obelisco de mármol rojo an/tiguo sacado por el conocido con el nom/bre de Flaminio que se halla en la/ Puerta y Plaza del Pueblo de la Ciudad/ de Roma: regalado a S.M. la Reyna por S.S. Pio IX".

Inscriptions +

Obelisco Flaminius
Incised. On underside

Update date: 27-04-2022 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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