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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 [+]

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 [+]

Sacred Love defeating Profane Love
Porphyry. Ca. 1630
Fedele, Tomaso -Sculptor- (Replica Duquesnoy, François)
Sacred Love defeating Profane Love
Porphyry. Ca. 1630
Fedele, Tomaso -Sculptor- (Replica Duquesnoy, François)

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 [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

Console table
Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Paragone, Red jasper, Lapis lazuli. 1779 - 1781
Ferroni, Juan Bautista; Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
Console table
Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Paragone, Red jasper, Lapis lazuli. 1779 - 1781
Ferroni, Juan Bautista; Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

This table`s exquisitely made top is based on a painting by Charles-Joseph Flipart (1721-1797) which is also in the Prado (P07824). The central scene depicts figures in a port, of which the two in the [+]

Console
Gilt-bronze, Paragone, Lapis lazuli. 1774 - 1783
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
Console
Gilt-bronze, Paragone, Lapis lazuli. 1774 - 1783
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

This table has the image of a painting of a seascape and its frame, back to front, as well as playing cards, various chips, a ruler, a hammer, a compass and other carpentry tools, two buckles, a key r [+]

Semiprecious-stone table
Agate, Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Paragone, Ebony, Jasper, Lapis lazuli. 1749 - 1763
Ghinghi, Francesco; Ceci, Giacomo; Real Laboratorio Delle Pietre Dure
Semiprecious-stone table
Agate, Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Paragone, Ebony, Jasper, Lapis lazuli. 1749 - 1763
Ghinghi, Francesco; Ceci, Giacomo; Real Laboratorio Delle Pietre Dure

This tabletop forms a pair with O00467. Both were made at the Royal Manufactory founded by Charles III in Naples in 1737. This piece of ebony furniture made by Gaspero Donnini has heads carved by Giov [+]

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 [+]

Landscape with the Ruins of a Temple
Hardstone, precious. 1766 - 1800
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
Landscape with the Ruins of a Temple
Hardstone, precious. 1766 - 1800
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

Cuadro de piedras duras, seguramente realizado en los últimos años de actividad del Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro (1762-1808), bajo la dirección de Luis Poggetti. Este y otros cinc [+]

Console Table
Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Paragone, Lapis lazuli. 1775 - 1780
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
Console Table
Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Paragone, Lapis lazuli. 1775 - 1780
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

Two men play skittles among Roman ruins in a setting that recalls Venetian view paintings or vedute. The scene is framed by a border with fruit, musical and scientific instruments, books and a tray wi [+]

Tabletop of Don Rodrigo Calderón
White marble, Green marble, Lapis lazuli. Ca. 1615
Anonymous
Tabletop of Don Rodrigo Calderón
White marble, Green marble, Lapis lazuli. Ca. 1615
Anonymous

The design of this tabletop is not structured into compartments but the motifs are freely combined, spreading into the border framing it. It is listed in the auction of Rodrigo Calderón, secret [+]

The Ball Game, console
Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Lapis lazuli. 1782 - 1788
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
The Ball Game, console
Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Lapis lazuli. 1782 - 1788
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

The table bears shells, fruit and flowers over ample lapis-lazuli borders. The central scene has a light chalcedony background and is framed by a garland with an asymmetrical rocaille. The scene of ba [+]

Tabletop
Paragone, Hardstone, precious, Alabaster. Early XVII century
Roman Sculptor
Tabletop
Paragone, Hardstone, precious, 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 [+]

The Agony in the Garden
Amethyst, Emerald agate, Red jasper, Lapis lazuli. Ca. 1604
Galleria Dei Lavori, Florencia
The Agony in the Garden
Amethyst, Emerald agate, Red jasper, Lapis lazuli. Ca. 1604
Galleria Dei Lavori, Florencia

Aparece representado Cristo, a la derecha, con un manto de lapislázuli y un vestido de jaspe rojo, arrodillado delante del ángel, que está rodeado por una nube de amatista, mientras que los tres apóst [+]

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