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The Wrestlers
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The Wrestlers

XVIII century. Serpentine

This is a version of the celebrated Hellenistic group which depicts two athletes engaging in a form of wrestling considered an Olympic sport in ancient Greece. Serpentine, known in the past as “green from Prato”, was used for ornamental pieces. Requiring tremendous technical skill to carve, it was not used by sculptors in Italy until the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Technical data

Inventory number
E000405
Author
Anonymous
Title
The Wrestlers
Date
XVIII century
Technique
Sculpted
Medium
Serpentine
Dimension
Height: 71 cm.; Width: 78 cm.; Base/bottom: 48 cm.; Weight: 132.4 Kg.
Provenance
Donation by Federico de Madrazo

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1933, pp. 486.

Tormo y Monzó, Elías (1869-1957), Encomio de las Musas de la Reina Cristina de Suecia en el Mu..., Hauser y Menet, Madrid, 1936, pp. 49.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Madrid, 1957, pp. 175.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. 177.

Haskell, Francis, Taste and the Antique. The Lure of Classical Sculpture 1500-..., Yale University Press, New Haven, 1982, pp. 339.

El Real Alcázar de Madrid: dos siglos de arquitectura y cole, Comunidad de MadridNerea, Madrid, 1994, pp. 257.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura de época moderna. Museo del Prado: siglos XVI-XVIII, Museo del Prado; Fundación Marcelino Botín, Madrid, 1998, pp. 354-355.

Azcue, L, Panorama artístico de la escultura cortesana y el coleccionismo escultórico nobiliario en la época de Felipe IV. Estado de la cuestión.
En:
, Polifemo, Madrid, 2017, pp. 2871-3001 [2901 nt.82].

Exhibitions +

Rubens, pintor de bocetos
08.09.2018 - 13.01.2019

Rubens. Painter of Sketches
Madrid
10.04.2018 - 05.08.2018

Rubens, pintor de bocetos
Madrid
09.04.2018 - 05.08.2018

Goya in Madrid
Madrid
28.11.2014 - 03.05.2015

Homo Ludens. El juego en las colecciones del Museo del Prado
Lausanne
30.05.2002 - 29.09.2002

Homo Ludens: le jeu dans les collections du Museo del Prado
Lausanne
29.05.2002 - 22.09.2002

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(Temporary Exhibition)

Update date: 25-09-2018 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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