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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 Room 093

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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Painting and Music
Bronze, 1730 - 1740
Inventory number
E000504
Author
Bertós, Francesco
Title
The Art of War
Date
1730 - 1740
Technique
Cast
Medium
Bronze
Dimension
Height: 109 cm.; Width: 45 cm.; Base/bottom: 51 cm.; Weight: 60.2 Kg.
Provenance
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: the international magazine for collectors, 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.

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.

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.

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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''.

Exhibitions +

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

Captive Beauty. Fra Angelico to Fortuny
Madrid
21.05.2013 - 10.11.2013

Location +

Room 093 (On Display)

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

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