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The Sun. Apollo with the Sign of Leo
Facchetti, Pietro (Copy after Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio))
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Facchetti, Pietro (Copy after Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio))

The Sun. Apollo with the Sign of Leo

XVI century. Oil on canvas Not on display

Apollo appears in the foreground with drawn bow. Behind him, a fragment of the Zodiac shows the sign of Leo, and at the top: a winged figure holds the Sun.

This painting and its companions (P307 to P312) are copies of cartoons for the mosaics at the Chigi Chapel in the Roman church of Santa Maria del Popolo. Those cartoons were made by Raphael and the mosaics, by Alvise della Pace in 1516.

The paintings are from the royal collections and were brought to Spain by Rubens in 1603 as gifts from the Duke of Mantua to the Duke of Lerma. They were part of the decoration of Philip IV´s Salón Planetario (Planetary Hall) at the Buen Retiro Palace.

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Inventory number
P000306
Author
Facchetti, Pietro (Copy after Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio))
Title
The Sun. Apollo with the Sign of Leo
Date
XVI century
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 174 cm.; Width: 133 cm.
Series
Copias de los Cartones para mosaicos de la Capilla Chigi, Santa María del Popolo, Roma
Provenance
Royal Collection (Palacio del Buen Retiro, Madrid, 1701, [nº 210]; Buen Retiro, 1794, nº 824)

Bibliography +

Inventario Nuevo. Madrid 1794., Madrid, 1794, pp. nº16294(824).

Madrazo, Pedro de, Viaje artístico de tres siglos por las colecciones de cuadro, Daniel Cortezo y Cª, Barcelona, 1884, pp. 102.

Martín González, Juan José1923-2009, Exposicion Conmemorativa del IV Centenario del Nacimiento de, Direccion General del Patrimonio..., Valladolid, 1977.

Jaffé, Michael, Rubens and Italy, THE BURLINGTON MAGAZINE, 120, 1978.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. nº5.

Sebastian, Santiago, Emblemática e historia del arte, Cátedra, Madrid, 1995, pp. 195.

Ruiz Manero, Jose María, Pintura italiana del siglo XVI en España, Fundación Universitaria Española, Madrid, 1996, pp. 130.

Other inventories +

Inv. Testamentaría Carlos III, Buen Retiro, 1794. Núm. 824.
Otra [pintura], con el Planeta Sol, y Signo de Leo, igual à las anteriores [de dos varas de alto, y vara y media de ancho]...250

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 5.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 5.
Copia de Rafael. / 5. El Sol. / En el fondo se ve un trozo de zodiaco con el signo de león. Apolo ocupa el centro con el arco tendido; en la parte superior hay un ángel, o mas bien un genio. / Este cuadro y los numeros 6, 11, 16, 17 y 20, son copias de los mosaicos que existen en la capilla del príncipe Chigi de la iglesia la Madona del Popolo de Roma, cuyos dibujos ejecutó Rafael. / Alto 6 pies, 3 pulg; ancho 4 pies, 9 pulg.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 374.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1910. Núm. 306.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1942-1996. Núm. 306.

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Update date: 03-05-2019 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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