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Gaius Julius Caesar
White marble. Ca. 1565
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola
Gaius Julius Caesar
White marble. Ca. 1565
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola

In 1562 and 1565 Philip II commissioned the Bonanome brothers to execute two series of busts of the twelve Roman emperors whose lives were recounted by Suetonius. In 1571 Philip had the busts sent to [+]

The Emperor Vitellius
White marble, Portasanta marble. Ca. 1565
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola
The Emperor Vitellius
White marble, Portasanta marble. Ca. 1565
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola

This bust of Vitellius is from the monumental series of the “Twelve Emperors” sent by Philip II to the gardens of the Casa de Campo in Madrid in 1571. The features are a more pronounced version of tho [+]

The Emperor Nero
Marble. Ca. 1565
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola
The Emperor Nero
Marble. Ca. 1565
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola

In 1562 and 1565 Philip II commissioned the Bonanome brothers to execute two series of busts of the “Twelve Emperors” of whom Suetonius wrote biographies. The monarch was not satisfied with the busts [+]

The Emperor Caligula
Marble. Ca. 1565
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola
The Emperor Caligula
Marble. Ca. 1565
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola

This portrait head of Caligula (37 to 41 AD) is set into a tuff bust laminated with pieces of coloured marble to imitate a general’s armour and cloak, using a new technique of the time. It is one from [+]

The Emperor Augustus
Marble. Ca. 1565
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola
The Emperor Augustus
Marble. Ca. 1565
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola

This impressive portrait of Augustus (27 BC to 14 AD) is by the Bonanome brothers, who were commissioned by Philip II in 1562 and 1565 to execute two series of busts of the first twelve Roman emperors [+]

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