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The Muse Melpomene
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The Muse Melpomene

XVIII century. White marble.
Room 069

In her left hand Melpomene, Muse of Tragedy, holds one of the masks worn by actors in the ancient world as their principal attribute. Both the type of clothing, a mantle and tunic, and the pose are habitual in depictions of the Muses. Among the various restored elements the most visible is the right forearm, of which the carving is not finished.

Technical data

Inventory number
The Muse Melpomene
XVIII century
White marble
Height: 153 cm; Width: 47 cm; Base/bottom: 41 cm; Weight: 273.4 Kg
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Hübner, Emil, Die Antiken Bildwerke in Madrid, Druck Und Verlag Von Georg Reimer, 1862, pp. 63, n. 44.

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo Nacional de Pintura y Escultura., Imprenta y fototipia J. Lacoste, Madrid, 1908, pp. 83-84, n.93.

Ricard, Robert, Marbres Antiques du Musee du Prado a Madrid, Feret & Fils, Burdeos, 1923.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la Escultura, por A. Blanco, Madrid, 1957, pp. 71, n. 93.

Blanco, Antonio; Lorente, Manuel, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo del Prado, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. 65, n. 93.

Other inventories +

Inv. Felipe V, Palacio Nuevo, 1747. Núm. 11468.
11468 - (41) - Dos estatuas de muger de marmol blanco la una con / taza en la mano y la otra con una máscara de cinco pies de de alto maltratadas

Inv. Real Museo, Sección Escultura, 1857. Núm. 257.
257. Una estatua de mármol de carrara que representa a la musa Melpomene / Alto 5 pies, 7 pulg.

Inscriptions +

Incised. Plinth

Inscribed in black. Plinth

Location +

Room 069 (On Display)

Update date: 09-06-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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