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Emperor Carlos V and the Fury
Bronze. 1551 - 1555
Leoni, Leone; Leoni, Pompeo
Emperor Carlos V and the Fury
Bronze. 1551 - 1555
Leoni, Leone; Leoni, Pompeo

In 1549 in Brussels Charles V commissioned Leone Leoni to execute a group of statues of himself and his deceased wife the Empress Elizabeth of Portugal.They were to be in different formats (bust and half-length) and materials (marble and bronze).The most famous is Charles V and the Fury due to its conceptual and artistic importance and complexity.This was the first monumental sculpture by Leoni an

Maria of Hungary
Italian marble. 1553 - 1555
Leoni, Leone; Leoni, Pompeo
Maria of Hungary
Italian marble. 1553 - 1555
Leoni, Leone; Leoni, Pompeo

Somewhat larger than life-sized, Maria of Hungary appears wearing a widow´s headdress, in a manner very similar to the full-length sculpture Leone Leoni also made of her (E00263), which is in the Prado Museum as well. The pedestal is made from the same piece of marble, with various Renaissance decorations, including garlands, sphinxes, inverted pyramids and a winged seraph on the front. Leoni made

Carlos V
Carrara marble. Ca. 1553
Leoni, Leone; Leoni, Pompeo
Carlos V
Carrara marble. Ca. 1553
Leoni, Leone; Leoni, Pompeo

This larger than life-size statue represents the Emperor (1500-1558) on foot, with half-armor and a baton. The Golden Fleece hanging on his chest, the sword in his right hand and the robes he gathers with his left, complete the symbols of his royal authority. The base of this sculpture bears a helmet with fantastic motives on which the Emperor rests his leg, behind the imperial eagle. This image i

Maria of Hungary
Bronze. 1553 - 1564
Leoni, Leone; Leoni, Pompeo
Maria of Hungary
Bronze. 1553 - 1564
Leoni, Leone; Leoni, Pompeo

Together with her brother Charles V, Mary of Hungary (1505–1558) was Leone Leoni’s most important patron at the imperial court. Leoni and Mary, governor of the Low Countries, met on three occasions: in Brussels in 1549, in Augsburg three years later, and again in Brussels in 1556.The present bronze, together with a further nine, full-length figures, was commissioned in 1549 for the dynastic galler

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 chest, representing the armor Carlos V wore during the Battle of Mühlberg in 1547. The bust sits on a base carved from the same piece of marble and adorned with the mask of a satyr. It is also he

The Empress Isabel
Carrara marble. 1550 - 1555
Leoni, Leone; Leoni, Pompeo
The Empress Isabel
Carrara marble. 1550 - 1555
Leoni, Leone; Leoni, Pompeo

The bust of Isabel of Portugal (1503-1539) is represented in profile in a profusely sculpted frame, just like the relief carving of Emperor Carlos V (E00291) that is paired with this one. Beginning with the image of the Empress appearing on medals he, himself, has crafted at an earlier date, Leoni represents her with the same clothing and jewels. These are repeated in various of his works and cons

Emperor Carlos V
Carrara marble. 1550 - 1555
Leoni, Leone
Emperor Carlos V
Carrara marble. 1550 - 1555
Leoni, Leone

The bust of Carlos V (1500-1558) appears in profile in low relief, set in a richly sculpted frame. He wears the Golden Fleece and Sash. His armor represents Christ with the Cross, alluding to the consideration of Carlos V as a “Christian Knight.” In the frame, a male and female figure, both ending in inverted pyramidal pedestals, flank the bust. The upper part of the curved pediment is topped by a

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