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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 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 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 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 [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

The Empress Julia Domna
White marble, Alabaster. 1540 - 1560
Roman Sculptor
The Empress Julia Domna
White marble, Alabaster. 1540 - 1560
Roman Sculptor

Julia Domna (170-217 AD), daughter of the Syrian high priest Julius Bassianus, was one of the most learned women of her day. Around the year 187 she married the future Emperor Septimius Severus and th [+]

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 [+]

Antoninus Pius
White marble. 140 - 150
Anonymous
Antoninus Pius
White marble. 140 - 150
Anonymous

A bust of the Roman emperor, Antoninus Pius (86-161 A.D.), of a type set by the government itself from the moment he took power. This type of portrait went essentially unchanged during his entire reig [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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