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Disordered Table with trompe l’oeil Paintings, a Hurdy-Gurdy, Books and Other Objects
Oil on canvas. 1781
Flipart, Charles-Joseph
Disordered Table with trompe l’oeil Paintings, a Hurdy-Gurdy, Books and Other Objects
Oil on canvas. 1781
Flipart, Charles-Joseph

This is the preparatory cartoon for the inlaid hardstone tabletop (O0214). The motifs of paintings and books refer to the Liberal Arts, while the hurdy-gurdy is based on a model by Pierre Louvet. [+]

The Nativity
Oil. Ca. 1656
Cortona, Pietro Da (Pietro Berrettini)
The Nativity
Oil. Ca. 1656
Cortona, Pietro Da (Pietro Berrettini)

The painting was given to Philip IV by Cardinal Francesco Barberini in 1656. It is unusual for being painted on a vitreous paste called aventurine, which acts as the background to the composition. It [+]

Landscape with an Architectural View
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1786
Flipart, Charles-Joseph
Landscape with an Architectural View
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1786
Flipart, Charles-Joseph

This is the preparatory cartoon for the inlaid hardstone tabletop (O215). It depicts a landscape with Roman ruins, the pyramid of Gaius Cestius and the tomb of Cecilia Metella. Flipart animates the sc [+]

Ivory Christ on a Rock Crystal Cross
Silver gilt, Copper alloy, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Ivory. 1300 - 1330
Anonymous
Ivory Christ on a Rock Crystal Cross
Silver gilt, Copper alloy, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Ivory. 1300 - 1330
Anonymous

An ivory Christ with copper arms that were probably added at a later date. The cross consists of various pieces of rock crystal joined by metal rods covered with painted parchment. The clasps are of e [+]

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 [+]

Sacred Love defeating Profane Love
Porphyry. Ca. 1630
Fedele, Tomaso
Sacred Love defeating Profane Love
Porphyry. Ca. 1630
Fedele, Tomaso

This scene is notable for the technical difficulty involved in carving porphyry. It depicts two cherubs, one of whom represents Sacred Love and the other Profane Love. They are seen fighting and the f [+]

Philip II
Marble, Jasper. 1574 - 1575
Leoni, Pompeo (Attributed To)
Philip II
Marble, Jasper. 1574 - 1575
Leoni, Pompeo (Attributed To)

Retrato de busto sobre pedestal original de jaspe en el que el monarca aparece representado en su madurez, con barba, bigote y amplias entradas en la frente, vistiendo cuello con gorguera. Perteneció [+]

Horus falcon
Basalt, Agate. 664 A.C. - 332 a.C.
Anonymous
Horus falcon
Basalt, Agate. 664 A.C. - 332 a.C.
Anonymous

The falcon was identified with Horus, “the exalted, the one who is above”. One of the oldest gods in Egyptian mythology, Horus was associated with royalty as the guide of monarchs. The pharaoh was alw [+]

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 [+]

Boy in a Toga
Marble, Porphyry, Travertine. XVII century
Anonymous
Boy in a Toga
Marble, Porphyry, Travertine. XVII century
Anonymous

Since the Renaissance, the poses and clothing of sculptural models from classical Antiquity were reinterpreted for decorative purposes. This example interprets sculptures of young rulers making use of [+]

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 Emperor Lucius Verus (?)
Africano marble, White marble, Green jasper, Giallo antico. XVII century
Anonymous
The Emperor Lucius Verus (?)
Africano marble, White marble, Green jasper, Giallo antico. XVII century
Anonymous

This relief is similar to a gem (known from an engraving) that was in Cardinal Massimo’s collection and subsequently that of the Marquis of El Carpio. It exemplifies the survival of classical models w [+]

Salver of lapis lazuli
Silver gilt, Lapis lazuli. Ca. 1600
Royel, Jean (?); Workshop Of The Miseroni
Salver of lapis lazuli
Silver gilt, Lapis lazuli. Ca. 1600
Royel, Jean (?); Workshop Of The Miseroni

This footed tray is a presentation salver that forms a pair with O-60 of the Dauphin’s Treasure. Both are made from a single piece of lapis lazuli. It has a round, flat-bottomed bowl, low sides and a [+]

Semiprecious-stone box
Hardstone, Ebony wood. 1650 - 1700
Anonymous
Semiprecious-stone box
Hardstone, Ebony wood. 1650 - 1700
Anonymous

Florentine Mosaic is a technique in which semiprecious stones are cut and assembled so that their different colors and grains form a pictorial composition. This term reflects the fact that the techniq [+]

Bust of a woman in 16th century dress
Cowry. Early Finales del siglo XVI - XVII century
Anonymous
Bust of a woman in 16th century dress
Cowry. Early Finales del siglo XVI - XVII century
Anonymous

Este camafeo formó parte de un vaso robado en 1918. [+]

Boat-shaped jasper tazza
Gold, Jasper agatatized. 1600 - 1630
Anonymous
Boat-shaped jasper tazza
Gold, Jasper agatatized. 1600 - 1630
Anonymous

The vessel, carved in a single piece, consists of a jasper tazza with an oval mouth and boat-shaped profile. Until 1918 it had a simple mount of handles in the form of dolphins joined by openwork half [+]

Flask with tracery and a head of Medusa in gold
Gold, Diamond, Omphacite. S XVI - XVII century
Miseroni, Giovanni Ambrogio; Anonymous
Flask with tracery and a head of Medusa in gold
Gold, Diamond, Omphacite. S XVI - XVII century
Miseroni, Giovanni Ambrogio; Anonymous

An ovate vessel in the form of an urn. It has a smooth pyriform body with a double moulding on the shoulder, a neck with a concave profile, and a round mouth. The moulded cover has the form of a cupol [+]

Cylindrical crystal jar with lid
Silver gilt, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz. 1200 - 1230
Anonymous; Roberday, François I
Cylindrical crystal jar with lid
Silver gilt, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz. 1200 - 1230
Anonymous; Roberday, François I

A jug comprising various pieces of crystal and six adornments in gilded silver. The glass case of a reliquary, possibly Rhenish, has been used for the body, to which a base has been added, decorated w [+]

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