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The Emperor Lucius Verus (?)
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The Emperor Lucius Verus (?)

XVII century. White marble, Giallo antico marble, Vert antique, Travertine.
Galería Jónica Planta Principal Norte

This relief is similar to a gem (known from an engraving) that was in Cardinal Massimo’s collection and subsequently that of the Marquis of El Carpio. It exemplifies the survival of classical models which were recreated in the early Modern Age to decorate palaces. Made from meticulously carved, coloured marbles, the work’s chromatic variety brings it close to painting in a deliberate and striking technical combination.

Technical data

Inventory number
The Emperor Lucius Verus (?)
XVII century
White marble; Giallo antico marble; Vert antique; Travertine
Height: 80 cm; Width: 60 cm; Base/bottom: 30 cm; Weight: 70.8 Kg
Cardinal Camillo Massimo (Massimi) Collection, Rome, 1677; VII Marques del Carpio Collection, Rome, 1677-1682; House of Alba Collection; Royal Collection (acquired by Philip V from the Duchess of Alba in 1728)

Bibliography +

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo Nacional de Pintura y Escultura., Imprenta y fototipia J. Lacoste, Madrid, 1908, pp. 119, n.150.

Ricard, Robert, Marbres Antiques du Musee du Prado a Madrid, Feret & Fils, Burdeos, 1923, pp. nº 189.

Blanco, Antonio, Catálogo de la escultura, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 1957.

Blanco, Antonio; Lorente, Manuel, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo del Prado, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. 142, nº 150.

Cacciotti, Beatrice, La collezione del VII Marchese del Carpio tra Roma e Madrid, Bolletino d'Arte, 86-87, 1994, pp. 133-196.

Coppel, Rosario, Catálogo de la escultura de época moderna. Museo del Prado: siglos XVI-XVIII, Museo del Prado; Fundación Marcelino Botín, Madrid, 1998, pp. 300-301.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 432.
432. Una medalla obalada con un busto cuya cabeza es de marmol de Carrara, y los ropages de marmol de Italia. Esta colocada sobre un plano de marmol verde con molduras de marmol de Italia. / Diametro 2 pies, 9 pulg.

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in black. Frame

M.N.PRADO / 000150
Scrap of paper. Frame

Location +

Galería Jónica Planta Principal Norte (On Display)

Update date: 11-11-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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