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The Forge of Vulcan
Bassano, Jacopo (Jacopo dal Ponte) (Workshop of)
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The Forge of Vulcan

Late XVI century. Oil on canvas. Not on display

The Elements, the last of the series of four canvases conceived by Jacopo after the Noah cycle and the Seasons, is dated around 1576-1577. There are three known incomplete series produced by the bottega, in which Jacopo´s degree of involvement varies. Of the original series, executed mainly by Francesco, Air (Berlin, Kaiser Friederich Museum) remains; of a later set produced in 1578-1580 and executed chiefly by Leandro, Earth (Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery) survives; and of the last, dated to 1584-1585, Water and Fire (Sarasota, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art) remain. The painting of Fire depicts Vulcan twice: in the foreground, working at the forge with Venus, Cupid and an assistant, and at the top, flying through the sky in a chariot drawn by dogs. The Prado canvas is a fairly faithful reproduction of the Sarasota picture, but excludes the motif of Vulcan in the chariot. The fact that the surviving canvases from all three series all show a deity flying through the sky in the upper part (Juno in Air, Cybele in Earth, Vulcan in Fire, and Neptune in Water), and that this motif is missing from the Prado painting, suggests that The Forge was conceived as a separate representation of the Vulcan episode as opposed to part of a series of the four elements. This would make it the bottega´s second rendering of the theme after the magnificent earlier version (P5263). The history of the painting corroborates this assumption, since it was incorporated separately into the royal collection in the first half of the 18th century (Text drawn from Falomir, M.: Los Bassano en la España del Siglo de Oro, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2001, p. 241).

Technical data

Inventory number
P005120
Author
Bassano, Jacopo (Jacopo dal Ponte) (Workshop of)
Title
The Forge of Vulcan
Date
Late XVI century
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 154 cm.; Width: 212 cm.
Provenance
Royal Collection (Collection of Isabel Farnesio, Palacio de La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, pieza del tocador, 1746, nº 54; La Granja, pieza última del cuarto del rey, 1766, nº 54; La Granja, 1774; Palacio de Aranjuez, Madrid, cuarto del príncipe-pieza del juego, 1794, nº 54; Aranjuez, quinta pieza del cuarto del príncipe, 1818, nº 54).

Bibliography +

Arslan, Edoardo, I Bassano, II, Casa Editrice Ceschina, Milán, 1960, pp. 215.

Noticias del Prado. Levantamiento de depósitos. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Casa Museo Colón, Boletín del Museo del Prado, 8, 1987, pp. 207.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, I, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990.

Checa Cremades, Fernando, Tiziano y la monarquía hispánica: usos y funciones de la pintura veneciana en España (siglos XVI y XVII), Nerea, Madrid, 1994, pp. 303, n. 148.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Los Bassano en la España del Siglo de Oro, Museo Nacional del Prado, Salamanca, 2001, pp. 142.

Aterido Fernández, Ángel; Martínez Cuesta, Juan; Pérez Preciado, José Juan, Colecciones de pinturas de Felipe V e Isabel Farnesio. Inventarios Reales, II, Fundación de Apoyo de la Historia, Madrid, 2004, pp. 356.

Ruíz Manero, J. M., Los Bassano en España, Fundación Universitaria Española, Madrid, 2011, pp. 190-192, n.9L il.XXXV.

Other inventories +

Inv. Isabel Farnesio, La Granja, 1746. Núm. 54.
Dos Pinturas origles en Lienzo, de mano del Bassàno, que representan la vna, la Cena del sºr tiene cinco tercias, y seis dedos de alto; siete, y once de ancho. La otra las Fraguas de Bulcàno, con Venus, y Amor. tiene cinco tercias y cinco dedos de alto; siete y once de ancho; ambas sus Marcos dorados, lisos, con Targetas a las Esquinas...2

Inv. Testamentaría Isabel Farnesio, La Granja, 1766. Núm. 54.
Una pintura de nuebe pies de largo, y seis de alto, marco dorado con targetas, representa una oficina de Calderero, con varias figuras del Basano, vale tres mil rrs

Inv. Testamentaría Carlos III, Aranjuez, 1794. Núm. 54.
Quarto del Principe N.S. [...] Pieza del Juego [...] {455} 54 / Otro [quadro] de la misma medida [siete pies y tres quartos de largo y cinco pies y 6 dedos de alto]. La Fragua de Bulcano con Venus y el amor. Basano ... 4000

Inv. Fernando VII, Aranjuez, 1814-1818. Núm. 54.
QUARTO DEL PRINCIPE [...] Quinta Pieza [...] {21043} 53 y 54 / 2 de dos varas alto 2 y media ancho = La cena de Christo = La fragua de Vulcano = Bassano

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 701.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 701.
Bassano (Leandro) / 701. Caldereros y armeros ocupados en su trabajo / Hay en primer termino un cupido con un perro, y mas lejos una muger peinandose á un espejo / Alto 5 pies, 5 pulg; ancho 7 pies, 9 pulg, 6 lin.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 51.

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Lighting accesories: Farol apagado

Update date: 25-07-2019 | Registry created on 10-01-2017

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