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Salonia Matidia as Melpomene, Muse of Tragedy
Cortés, Pascual
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Cortés, Pascual

Calatayud (Zaragoza), 1750 - Palma de Mallorca (Islas Balerares), 1814

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Salonia Matidia as Melpomene, Muse of Tragedy

Ca. 1789. Marble.
Room 076

This is a copy of the portrait of Salonia Matidia (AD 68-119) depicted as the Muse of Tragedy. The style of the fringe, visible under the large wig, corresponds to the Hadrianic period. The Roman original of which it is a copy was found around 1735 at Hadrian’s Villa together with the herm of Comedy (E000883). The originals of both Muses were found during excavations led by Count Giuseppe Fede at Hadrian’s Villa and are now in the Musei Vaticani.

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Cortés, Pascual
Salonia Matidia as Melpomene, Muse of Tragedy
Ca. 1789
Height: 90 cm; Width: 48 cm; Base/bottom: 39 cm; Weight: 235.4 Kg
Colección José Nicolás de Azara
Collection of José Nicolás de Azara, who gave to Carlos IV; Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Blanco, Antonio; Lorente, Manuel, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo del Prado, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. nº420.

Cacciotti, Beatrice, en, El Coleccionismo de Escultura Clasica en España. Actas del Simposio, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2001, pp. 182.

Elvira Barba, Miguel Angel, 'Winckelmann, Mengs y las colecciones escultóricas de Azara.' En:, El legado de Johann Joachim Winckelmann en España. Actas congreso internacional 20-21 Oct.2011, 2014, pp. 121-136 [132].

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Room 076 (On Display)

Update date: 17-08-2022 | Registry created on 16-06-2018

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