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Youth with Swan
Carrara marble. 1808
Álvarez Cubero, José
Youth with Swan
Carrara marble. 1808
Álvarez Cubero, José

A handsome youth feeds a swan that he his holding by its neck. Intended as an ornamental piece, Álvarez combines his taste for the dynamic forms of Greek sculpture with the polished, matt finis [+]

Emperor Carlos V (bust)
Carrara marble. 1553
Leoni, Leone; Leoni, Pompeo
Emperor Carlos V (bust)
Carrara marble. 1553
Leoni, Leone; Leoni, Pompeo

The Emperor (1500-1558) is represented with attributes alluding to his power: armor, the necklace of the Golden Fleece and a crossing sash. The armor has a low relief of the Virgin Mary carved on the [+]

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 Constantine the Great
White carrara marble. 312 - 325
Anonymous
The Emperor Constantine the Great
White carrara marble. 312 - 325
Anonymous

Numerous portraits of Constantine of this type were produced to mark his victory over Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312 A. D. Coins of the period depict him as invictus (unconquerab [+]

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 [+]

Aphrodite and Eros
White carrara marble. Ca. 35
Roman Sculptor
Aphrodite and Eros
White carrara marble. Ca. 35
Roman Sculptor

Double hermae of gods, similar to the image of the two-headed Janus, were created from the first century B. C. onwards for Roman collectors. Here, Aphrodite and her son Eros, the goddess and god of lo [+]

Fortuna
White carrara marble. 150 - 200
Roman Sculptor
Fortuna
White carrara marble. 150 - 200
Roman Sculptor

The goddess Fortuna holds a cornucopia and a rudder resting on a globe. The statue is based on a Greek original, an Artemis by the School of Polyclitus (4th century BC), as may be seen from the simila [+]

Ferdinand VII
Carrara marble. Ca. 1825
Álvarez Cubero, José
Ferdinand VII
Carrara marble. Ca. 1825
Álvarez Cubero, José

Álvarez Cubero trained in Rome, and in 1816 was appointed Court Sculptor by King Ferdinand. Because he was Spain’s leading exponent of Neoclassical art, he was known as “the Spanish Canova”. In [+]

The Blossoming of Love
Carrara marble. 1905
Blay y Fábrega, Miguel
The Blossoming of Love
Carrara marble. 1905
Blay y Fábrega, Miguel

A representation of the first amorous encounter of a youthful couple. In a style some have called lyrical, Blay transmits the soft warmth of adolescent figures modeled with exceptional realism. They a [+]

María Isabel de Braganza, Queen of Spain
Carrara marble. 1826 - 1827
Álvarez Cubero, José
María Isabel de Braganza, Queen of Spain
Carrara marble. 1826 - 1827
Álvarez Cubero, José

Posthumous life-size statue of Queen Isabel de Braganza (1797-1818), the second wife of Fernando VII (1784-1833). The queen appears sitting on a chair adorned with figures of castles, lions and lilies [+]

Venus and Mars
Marble. 1820 - 1830
Canova, Antonio (Circle Of)
Venus and Mars
Marble. 1820 - 1830
Canova, Antonio (Circle Of)

The goddess of love, draped in a light tunic, embraces the god of war, who wears a helmet; their gazes meet in a composition conveying a refined sensuality. This is a reproduction of an original by th [+]

Nude Girl (from The Onset of Winter)
Carrara marble. 1892
Blay y Fábrega, Miguel
Nude Girl (from The Onset of Winter)
Carrara marble. 1892
Blay y Fábrega, Miguel

Blay customarily made versions of fragments of his works, which he handled separately. This sculpture at the Museo del Prado is a fragment from the group titled The Onset of Winter. During his stay in [+]

Bust of Hercules
Carrara marble. XVIII century
Anonymous
Bust of Hercules
Carrara marble. XVIII century
Anonymous

Hercules, who defeated the Nemean lion in his first Labour, used his impregnable crocodile’s skin as a cuirass and a lion’s head as a helmet. Alexander the Great was represented in a similar manner fo [+]

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 [+]

Apolo inspirado por la música
Carrara marble. 1814 - 1819
Álvarez Cubero, José
Apolo inspirado por la música
Carrara marble. 1814 - 1819
Álvarez Cubero, José

Apollo holds a lyre and in keeping with Praxitelean ideals adopts an elegant contraposto pose. The original version was commissioned by Antonio Canova to decorate the Real Casa del Labrador at Aranjue [+]

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 [+]

The Muse Erato
White marble. 130 - 150
Anonymous
The Muse Erato
White marble. 130 - 150
Anonymous

This marble statue and other seven more (E000068, E000041, E000040, E000062, E000038, E000069, E000037) were unearthed in about 1500 in Hadrian´s Villa at Tivoli, where the decorated the stage of the [+]

Empress Isabel
Carrara marble. 1572
Leoni, Pompeo
Empress Isabel
Carrara marble. 1572
Leoni, Pompeo

Somewhat larger than life-sized, this statue of Isabel of Portugal (1503-1539) was made after her death. The empress wears an embroidered dress, following the guidelines of the bronze statue (E00274) [+]

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