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The Art of War
Bertós, Francesco
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Bertós, Francesco

Rome, 1678 - Venice, 1741

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The Art of War

1730 - 1740. Bronze.
Not on display

The prime achievement of the Venetian sculptor Bertós was his Triumphs, virtuoso groups of cabinet sculptures formed by stylised figures intertwined in lively and complex compositions. This magnificent example represents an allegory of the art of war through the figure of Hercules with his lion skin and club, the Roman soldiers with bows and spears, and the arms on the pedestal.

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Inventory number
Bertós, Francesco
The Art of War
1730 - 1740
Height: 109 cm; Width: 45 cm; Base/bottom: 51 cm; Weight: 60.2 Kg
Mr. Lionel Harris Collection, London; acquired by the Prado Museum from Carolina Beamonte de R. Bustelo, Madrid, 1977

Bibliography +

Hildburgh, W. L., Some Bronze Groups by Francesco Bertos, Apollo, XXVII, 1938, pp. 81-85, il. VII.

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado: adquisiciones de 1969 a 1977, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1978, pp. 92, 101[99].

Coppel Aréizaga, R., Catálogo de la escultura de época moderna. Museo del Prado: siglos XVI-XVIII, Museo del Prado Fundación Botín, Madrid, 1998, pp. 115, n. 32.

Avery, C., The triumph of motion. Francesco Bertos (1678-1741) and the Art of Sculpture. Catalogué raisonné, U. Allemandi & Co., Turin, 2008, pp. 18; 73-86; 214-215, n. 109.

Maurer, G., Goya: lo bello y lo recóndito. En: La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 352.

Mena Marqués, M.; Albarrán, V., La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, folleto, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 51 n.227-n.228.

Mena Marqués, M.; Albarrán, V., Azúa, F. de, La belleza cautiva. Pequeños tesoros del Museo del Prado, Museo del Prado - Obra Social ''La Caixa'', Barcelona, 2014, pp. 178.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. s/n.
Adquiridas a Doña Carolina Beamonte en 2.100.000 pts. Fco. Bertos: Tres esculturas: ''La escultura, El Drama y la Guerra'' [Aparece anotado en el inventario entre los asientos 1947 y 1948, pero no se le adjudicó número]

Exhibitions +

Captive Beauty. Small Treasures at the Prado Museum
16.07.2014 - 05.01.2015

Captive Beauty. Fra Angelico to Fortuny
21.05.2013 - 10.11.2013

Update date: 12-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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