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Red obelisk
Red marble, Black marble. Before 1851
Roman Sculptor
Red obelisk
Red marble, Black marble. Before 1851
Roman Sculptor

Given by Pope Pius IX (1792-1878) to Queen Isabel II of Spain, it reproduces the so-called Flaminian Obelisk in the centre of the Piazza del Popolo in Rome. Its attribution remains uncertain; it may h [+]

Tabletop with central interlaced Motif
Paragone, Jasper, Lapis lazuli, Alabaster. Early XVII century
Roman Sculptor
Tabletop with central interlaced Motif
Paragone, Jasper, Lapis lazuli, Alabaster. Early XVII century
Roman Sculptor

This is rare type of tabletop that combines Roman Mannerist elements such as the border with pre-Baroque ones such as the exuberant floral and foliate motif that fills the centre. This motif replaces [+]

Tabletop
Paragone, Hardstone, Alabaster. Early XVII century
Roman Sculptor
Tabletop
Paragone, Hardstone, Alabaster. Early XVII century
Roman Sculptor

This tabletop has a geometrical decoration with a large central oval framed by two volutes. The border combines ovals and diamonds with floral motifs. A similar type of decoration is to be found on th [+]

Tabletop of don Rodrigo Calderon
Africano marble, White marble, Polychrome marble, Paragone, Lapis lazuli, Alabaster. Ca. 1600
Roman Sculptor
Tabletop of don Rodrigo Calderon
Africano marble, White marble, Polychrome marble, Paragone, Lapis lazuli, Alabaster. Ca. 1600
Roman Sculptor

This tabletop belonged to Rodrigo Calderon, secretary to Philip III, who seems to have acquired it by somewhat unethical means. Its decoration of military motifs suggests that it is related to the vic [+]

Tabletop
Hardstone. Early Finales del siglo XVI - XVII century
Roman Sculptor
Tabletop
Hardstone. Early Finales del siglo XVI - XVII century
Roman Sculptor

Un óvalo grande de alabastro orientale, sobre un rectángulo de paragone con motivos florales (en giallo antico, rosso antico, semesanto y portasanta). Presenta una cenefa con cartelas sobre un fondo d [+]

Table top with alabaster oval
Marble, Lapis lazuli, Alabaster. Early Finales del siglo XVI - XVII century
Roman Sculptor
Table top with alabaster oval
Marble, Lapis lazuli, Alabaster. Early Finales del siglo XVI - XVII century
Roman Sculptor

This table top, which was in the Alcázar of Madrid by 1636, is a typical product of Roman hardstone workshops, which reused marble and alabaster from classical ruins. The top has a large centra [+]

Philip II's Tabletop
Africano marble, White marble, Agate, Jasper, Lapis lazuli. Before 1587
Roman Sculptor
Philip II's Tabletop
Africano marble, White marble, Agate, Jasper, Lapis lazuli. Before 1587
Roman Sculptor

This tabletop was sent from Rome by Cardinal Alessandrino, nephew of Pope Pius V, to Philip II of Spain in 1587. Of unusual proportions, it is designed to create the impression that the inlay is made [+]

Tabletop
Marble, Hardstone, Alabaster, Coral. Ca. 1570
Roman Sculptor
Tabletop
Marble, Hardstone, Alabaster, Coral. Ca. 1570
Roman Sculptor

This is considered to be the earliest tabletop of this kind in Spain to judge from the materials used and the similarity of the decoration to other such tabletops in Florence (Museo degli Argenti). Th [+]

Boat-shaped agate cup with Cupid on a dragon
Gold, Agate, Ruby, Diamond, Emerald, Glass, Enamel. XVI century
Delabarre, Pierre; Roman Sculptor
Boat-shaped agate cup with Cupid on a dragon
Gold, Agate, Ruby, Diamond, Emerald, Glass, Enamel. XVI century
Delabarre, Pierre; Roman Sculptor

Vessel made up of three pieces of agate and six enamelled gold mounts. The boat-shaped bowl is decorated externally with a carved band of interlaced ovals separated by five-pointed fleurons. Running a [+]

Cup in the form of a kneading trough
Gold, Serpentine, Bloodstone, Enamel. I a.C. century
Anonymous; Roman Sculptor
Cup in the form of a kneading trough
Gold, Serpentine, Bloodstone, Enamel. I a.C. century
Anonymous; Roman Sculptor

A high cup formed by an ancient fragment of serpentine and a foot and stem of heliotrope. The bowl, with a rectangular mouth, is joined by a ring mount and enamelled leaves to the balustroid stem, wit [+]

Portrait of a Young Man
White marble, Jasper. 1570 - 1600
Roman Sculptor
Portrait of a Young Man
White marble, Jasper. 1570 - 1600
Roman Sculptor

This is a modern copy of a Roman portrait of a young man from the period of the Emperor Commodus (180-192 AD). While the beard recalls portraits of Hadrian (such as E-176 in the Prado) and others from [+]

Roman Woman
White marble. 260 - 300
Roman Sculptor
Roman Woman
White marble. 260 - 300
Roman Sculptor

This work exemplifies the continuing high quality of Roman portraiture and the interest in realistically depicting individualised features. Set on a modern bust, the head is crowned with a complex, wa [+]

Fragments of a Roman sarcophagus with the Four Seasons
White marble. Ca. 250
Roman Sculptor
Fragments of a Roman sarcophagus with the Four Seasons
White marble. Ca. 250
Roman Sculptor

The cycle of the Four Seasons has a long tradition in figurative art. The personifications of the different periods of the year were accompanied by the element that identified them, all associated wit [+]

Fragments of a Roman sarcophagus with the Four Seasons
White marble. Ca. 250
Roman Sculptor
Fragments of a Roman sarcophagus with the Four Seasons
White marble. Ca. 250
Roman Sculptor

The cycle of the Four Seasons has a long tradition in figurative art. The personifications of the different periods of the year were accompanied by the element that identified them, all associated wit [+]

Young Roman Woman
White marble. 225 - 250
Roman Sculptor
Young Roman Woman
White marble. 225 - 250
Roman Sculptor

La representada es una romana joven cuyos ojos grandes, con perforaciones profundas marcando las pupilas, miran hacia la derecha en actitud reflexiva. Como este, numerosos retratos de particulares rea [+]

Portrait of a Cultured Greek
White marble. Ca. 220
Roman Sculptor
Portrait of a Cultured Greek
White marble. Ca. 220
Roman Sculptor

This work has been so retouched that it is difficult to determine whether it is a copy of the portrait of a Greek whose facial features (but not his expression) somewhat recall Polyeuktos´s scul [+]

Caracalla or Geta
White marble. 205 - 209
Taller Italiano; Roman Sculptor
Caracalla or Geta
White marble. 205 - 209
Taller Italiano; Roman Sculptor

Caracalla and Geta, sons of the Emperor Septimus Severus, were elected consuls in 205 AD and over the following years were depicted as twins. Their very short hairstyle, which reflected military fashi [+]

Greek Youth
White marble. 200 - 217
Roman Sculptor
Greek Youth
White marble. 200 - 217
Roman Sculptor

The Greek word “neoni” inscribed on this portrait means “young”, but it could also be the name of this unknown sitter, Neon. With regard to his appearance, the hairstyle recalls that of Alexander the [+]

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