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The Worship of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1518 - 1519
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
The Worship of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1518 - 1519
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Titian´s first contribution to the Camerino d´Alabastro was prompted by the death in October 1587 of Fra Bartolommeo from whom Alfonso d´Este had commissioned a Worship of Venus one year previously an [+]

The Virgin Nursing the Child
Oil on panel. Ca. 1565
Morales, Luis de
The Virgin Nursing the Child
Oil on panel. Ca. 1565
Morales, Luis de

These works (P944 and P7948) embody a more decorous variation of the breastfeeding Madonna, a reference to the succour afforded by the Virgin to all believers. Morales designed a composition which avo [+]

Venus and Adonis
Oil on canvas. 1554
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Venus and Adonis
Oil on canvas. 1554
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

The first Poesie presented to Prince Philip were Danaë (1553, The Wellington Collection) and Venus and Adonis (1554), versions of other previous works, but endowed with all the prestige of the co [+]

The Virgin nursing the Child
Oil on panel. 1560 - 1565
Morales, Luis de
The Virgin nursing the Child
Oil on panel. 1560 - 1565
Morales, Luis de

These works (P7948 and P944) embody a more decorous variation of the breastfeeding Madonna, a reference to the succour afforded by the Virgin to all believers. Morales designed a composition which avo [+]

Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia and Magdalena Ruiz
Oil on canvas. 1585 - 1588
Sánchez Coello, Alonso
Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia and Magdalena Ruiz
Oil on canvas. 1585 - 1588
Sánchez Coello, Alonso

Alonso Sánchez Coello was court painter to Philip II and he united two different pictorial styles developed in the mid sixteenth century by Titian and Anthonis Mor respectively. Sánchez [+]

Venus with an Organist and a Dog
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1550
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Venus with an Organist and a Dog
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1550
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

In contrast to the paintings created for the Camerino d´Alabastro and the poesie made for Philip II, the canvases on the subject of Venus do not form a homogenous group as they were not painted for on [+]

The Doorway of the Palace of the Marquis of Dos Aguas (Valencia)
Oil on panel. Ca. 1885
Domingo Marqués, Francisco
The Doorway of the Palace of the Marquis of Dos Aguas (Valencia)
Oil on panel. Ca. 1885
Domingo Marqués, Francisco

Various gentlemen in Carlos IV-style clothing gather in front of the palace of the Marquis of Dos Aguas in Valencia. They are accompanied by a pack of dogs and various lackeys. Domingo´s technique is [+]

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 [+]

Tiberius
Gilt-bronze, Alabaster. 1610 - 1612
Cordier, Nicolas. Il Franciosino (Manner Of)
Tiberius
Gilt-bronze, Alabaster. 1610 - 1612
Cordier, Nicolas. Il Franciosino (Manner Of)

This full-length statue of the Emperor Tiberius (42BC to 37AD) is striking in its combination of materials, also found in other works by Cordier such as the Saint Agnes made for the Roman church of th [+]

The Emperor Hadrian
Marble. 1600 - 1650
Anonymous
The Emperor Hadrian
Marble. 1600 - 1650
Anonymous

This portrait of Hadrian (117-138 AD) does not follow a specific classical model, freely interpreting elements such as the curls of his hair and his expression. It may have belonged to Queen Christina [+]

Boy in a Toga
African marble, Red porphyry, Alabaster. XVI century
Anonymous
Boy in a Toga
African marble, Red porphyry, Alabaster. XVI century
Anonymous

This figure was restored in the seventeenth century or later to take the form of a young orator holding a scroll in his right hand. He wears an ornate toga with a horizontal contabulatio across the ch [+]

Small Kouros
Marble. Ca. 545 a.C.
Naxian Sculptor
Small Kouros
Marble. Ca. 545 a.C.
Naxian Sculptor

The kouroi (“young people”), statues of nude men with long hair and a somewhat stiff posture, based on Egyptian art, are the most representative sculptures in marble of the Greek Archaic Period. They [+]

Augustus
Bronze, Alabaster. 1692 - 1710
Monnot, Pierre (Attributed To)
Augustus
Bronze, Alabaster. 1692 - 1710
Monnot, Pierre (Attributed To)

Around 1700, Livio Odescalchi commissioned a statue of Augustus (63 B.C.-4 A.D.) to be paired with another of Tiberio (E00112) acquired with the collection of Christine of Sweden. Its style is more cl [+]

Allegory of Francesco I de’Medici
Italian alabaster. 1560 - 1561
Giambologna (Giovanni Da Bologna)
Allegory of Francesco I de’Medici
Italian alabaster. 1560 - 1561
Giambologna (Giovanni Da Bologna)

The protagonist of this relief is Francesco de’Medici (1541-1587). His is the figure at the right, whom the gods´ messenger, Mercury, leads by the hand, towards a female figure that has been identifie [+]

Ethiopian Woman
Marble, Black limestone. Early XVII century
Anonymous
Ethiopian Woman
Marble, Black limestone. Early XVII century
Anonymous

The piece belongs to a group of four busts of Ethiopians purchased for the Buen Retiro Palace in 1678 by Charles II. Their inspiration comes from models by the French sculptor Nicolas Cordier, the cre [+]

Ethiopian Man
Black marble, Jasper, Alabaster. Early XVII century
Anonymous
Ethiopian Man
Black marble, Jasper, Alabaster. Early XVII century
Anonymous

The head of this young man with soft features is made of black marble with a highly polished face, while the bust is of white alabaster. Belonging to a production modelled on works by Nicolas Cordier [+]

Seneca
Italian marble, Alabaster. 1641 - 1644
Finelli, Giuliano (Attributed To)
Seneca
Italian marble, Alabaster. 1641 - 1644
Finelli, Giuliano (Attributed To)

This expressive head is executed with great technical virtuosity. Typologically, it can be related to the Pseudo-Seneca which derives from a classical Roman bust traditionally thought to depict this S [+]

Ethiopian Man
Marble, Black limestone, Jasper. Early XVII century
Anonymous
Ethiopian Man
Marble, Black limestone, Jasper. Early XVII century
Anonymous

A piece created under the influence of Nicolas Cordier (1567-1612), a French sculptor and restorer resident in Rome who specialised in combining alabaster and marbles of various colours, and is consid [+]

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