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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

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 a la colección de don Diego Hurtado de Mendoza (h. 1503-1575), quien realizó labores diplomáticas bajo el reinado de Felipe II, aunque debido a una disputa, fue desterrado de la corte en 1568. Por la

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

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) made earlier by Leone Leoni, the artist´s father. Nevertheless, his son Pompeo approaches the present work with less interest in the details. Besides a paternal influence, this work is clearly related

Felipe II
Alabaster. Second half of the XVI century
Leoni, Pompeo (Attributed To)
Felipe II
Alabaster. Second half of the XVI century
Leoni, Pompeo (Attributed To)

This life-size bust of Felipe II (1527-1598) has a breastplate, a gorget and a cord with the Golden Fleece as its only ornamental elements. The lower part ends in a winged figurehead. The polished surface and the head´s details raise doubts as to which member of the Leoni family made this work, and some consideration has been given to the possibility that it was made by a marble cutter´s workshop

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

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