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

Ca. 1565. Marble. Galería Jónica Baja Norte

This portrait head of Caligula (37 to 41 AD) is set into a tuff bust laminated with pieces of coloured marble to imitate a general’s armour and cloak, using a new technique of the time. It is one from the series of small-format busts of the Twelve Emperors commissioned by Philip II. White marble (head) and coloured marbles and tuff (bust)


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Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola
The Emperor Caligula
Ca. 1565
Height: 76 cm.; Width: 53 cm.; Base/bottom: 22.5 cm.; Weight: 55 Kg.
Bustos de los Doce Emperadores [serie de Bonanome, I]
Royal Collection

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Schröder, Stephan, El Coleccionismo de Escultura Clasica en España. Actas del Simposio, El Coleccionismo de Escultura Clasica en España. Actas del Simposio 21-22 de Mayo 2001, Madrid, 2001, pp. 43-60.



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Update date: 04-12-2020 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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