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Venus with a Shell, or Nymph
Bronze. Ca. 1652
Bonuccelli, Matteo
Venus with a Shell, or Nymph
Bronze. Ca. 1652
Bonuccelli, Matteo

This cast-bronze work is based on a late-Hellenistic work in the Borghese Collection in Rome, only differing in the face. It was commissioned by Velázquez and cast in 1652 for Felipe IV. Like Hermaphrodite (E00223) and The Boy with Thorn (E00163), this bronze casting was commissioned by Velázquez in Rome during his second voyage to Italy (1648-1651). Along with many other cast pieces

Hermaphrodite
Bronze. 1652
Bonuccelli, Matteo
Hermaphrodite
Bronze. 1652
Bonuccelli, Matteo

Son of Hermes and Aphrodite, Hermaphrodite was a singularly handsome youth. According to Ovid (Metamorphoses 4, 285 ff.) Salmacis, the nymph from a lake in Caria, was enthralled by his beauty and passionately embraced him while he was bathing. Their two bodies merged as one, with double gender. This sculpture, commissioned by Velázquez in Italy for the decoration of Madrid´s Alcázar

Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo
Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo

The table O00448 is supported by four bronze lions (O02942, O02943), three of them commissioned by Velazquez in Italy in 1651. The fourth lion of this table is a bronze copy made in 2004 to replace the damaged lead one made in 1837, which in turn replaced the original damaged in the fire at the Alcazar in 1734.

Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo
Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo

The table O00448 is supported by four bronze lions (O02942, O02943), three of them commissioned by Velazquez in Italy in 1651. The fourth lion of this table is a bronze copy made in 2004 to replace the damaged lead one made in 1837, which in turn replaced the original damaged in the fire at the Alcazar in 1734.

Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo
Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo

The table O00542 is supported by four bronze lions O00453, O02938, O02939, and O02940 that Velazquez commissioned from Matteo Bonuccelli during the painter´s second trip to Rome (1649-1651). The lions were arranged in pairs, holding up six porphyry sideboards in the Salon de Espejos in the Alcazar in Madrid. They retain their original gilding of 1651 and have been used since 1839 to support

Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo
Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo

The table O00542 is supported by four bronze lions O00453, O02938, O02939, and O02940 that Velazquez commissioned from Matteo Bonuccelli during the painter´s second trip to Rome (1649-1651). The lions were arranged in pairs, holding up six porphyry sideboards in the Salon de Espejos in the Alcazar in Madrid. They retain their original gilding of 1651 and have been used since 1839 to support

Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo
Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo

The table O00448 is supported by four bronze lions (O02942, O02943), three of them commissioned by Velazquez in Italy in 1651. The fourth lion of this table is a bronze copy made in 2004 to replace the damaged lead one made in 1837, which in turn replaced the original damaged in the fire at the Alcazar in 1734.

Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo
Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo

The table O00542 is supported by four bronze lions O00453, O02938, O02939, and O02940 that Velazquez commissioned from Matteo Bonuccelli during the painter´s second trip to Rome (1649-1651). The lions were arranged in pairs, holding up six porphyry sideboards in the Salon de Espejos in the Alcazar in Madrid. They retain their original gilding of 1651 and have been used since 1839 to support

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