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The Emperor Augustus
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola
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Bonanome, Giovanni Battista
Bonanome, Nicola

The Emperor Augustus

Ca. 1565. Marble.
Galería Jónica Planta Baja Norte

This impressive portrait of Augustus (27 BC to 14 AD) is by the Bonanome brothers, who were commissioned by Philip II in 1562 and 1565 to execute two series of busts of the first twelve Roman emperors, based on their biographies by Suetonius (c. 97-126 AD). This bust is from the small-format series, of which three survive. Philip II was dissatisfied with them and had them sent to the gardens of the Casa de Campo in 1571.


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Inventory number
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola
The Emperor Augustus
Ca. 1565
Height: 84 cm; Width: 66 cm; Base/bottom: 35 cm; Weight: 78 Kg
Bustos de los Doce Emperadores [serie de Bonanome, I]
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo Nacional de Pintura y Escultura., Imprenta y fototipia J. Lacoste, Madrid, 1908, pp. 256-257, n.390.

Blanco, Antonio, Museo del Prado : catálogo de la escultura, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. 175.

Coppel, Rosario, Catálogo de la escultura de época moderna. Museo del Prado: siglos XVI-XVIII, Museo del Prado; Fundación Marcelino Botín, Madrid, 1998, pp. 222.

Elvira Barba, Miguel Angel, Bajo el signo de Fortuna: esculturas clásicas del Museo del Prado, [s.n], Salamanca, 1999, pp. 35.

Museo Nacional del Prado, La púrpura del imperio, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1999, pp. 64.

Schröder, Stephan, 'Las series de los Doce Emperadores' En:, El Coleccionismo de Escultura Clasica en España. Actas del Simposio 21-22 de Mayo 2001, Madrid, 2001, pp. 43-60.

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Inscribed in black. Plinth

Location +

Galería Jónica Planta Baja Norte (On Display)

Update date: 27-10-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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