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Mars
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Mars
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

The first documentation of Diego Velazquez´s Mars is from 1701-03, when it appeared in the inventory of paintings at the Torre de la Parada, the royal hunting pavilion on the outskirts of Madrid. The [+]

Serapis
Pencil on paper. Mid-XVIIIcentury
Ajello, Eutichio
Serapis
Pencil on paper. Mid-XVIIIcentury
Ajello, Eutichio

This drawing belongs to the Ajello Sketchbook, a group of fifty-nine unbound pencil drawings that were models for engraving to illustrate a descriptive calendar of sculptures that Philip V and his wif [+]

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 [+]

Head of Serapis
Marble. Second half of the II century
Anonymous
Head of Serapis
Marble. Second half of the II century
Anonymous

This head carved from bigio morato marble is broken into two parts, vertically. Its restoration required several additions, both to finish various curls and to reconstruct the top of the head, where a [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

Console
Gilt-bronze, Paragone, Lapis lazuli. 1774 - 1782
Ferroni, Juan Bautista; Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
Console
Gilt-bronze, Paragone, Lapis lazuli. 1774 - 1782
Ferroni, Juan Bautista; Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

A table with two images of paintings (a seascape and a landscape) on a background of touchstone or Belgian black marble. Various books, a checkerboard, a small cup and a bag have been haphazardly arra [+]

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 of the Duke of Osuna
White marble, Polychrome marble, Paragone, Lapis lazuli. 1614
Di Gian Flasch, Jacopo; Galleria Dei Lavori, Florencia
Tabletop of the Duke of Osuna
White marble, Polychrome marble, Paragone, Lapis lazuli. 1614
Di Gian Flasch, Jacopo; Galleria Dei Lavori, Florencia

Commissioned by Pedro Tellez Girón, Duke of Osuna and Viceroy of Sicily (1574-1624). The German artist Jacopo di Gian Flasch made the Duke’s coat of arms, and Jacopo Ligozzi, the designer of th [+]

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 [+]

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
Paragone, Hardstone, precious, Alabaster. Late XVI century
Roman Sculptor
Tabletop
Paragone, Hardstone, precious, Alabaster. Late XVI century
Roman Sculptor

This tabletop has a design of geometrical motifs around a large, agate oval with a decoration of coloured marble inlay. It is known as “the Venetian Piece” due to the fact that it has been identified [+]

Semiprecious-stone table
Amethyst, Agate, Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Paragone, Ebony, Jasper, Lapis lazuli. 1738 - 1749
Ghinghi, Francesco; Ceci, Giacomo; Real Laboratorio Delle Pietre Dure
Semiprecious-stone table
Amethyst, Agate, Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Paragone, Ebony, Jasper, Lapis lazuli. 1738 - 1749
Ghinghi, Francesco; Ceci, Giacomo; Real Laboratorio Delle Pietre Dure

This is one of the first works made in the workshops which the Bourbon monarch Charles, future King of Spain, founded in Naples in 1737, employing Florentine craftsmen and directed by Francesco Ghingh [+]

Tabletop of the Papal Nuncio, Innocenzo Massimo
Chalcedony, Paragone, Red jasper. 1624
Galleria Dei Lavori, Florencia
Tabletop of the Papal Nuncio, Innocenzo Massimo
Chalcedony, Paragone, Red jasper. 1624
Galleria Dei Lavori, Florencia

This tabletop has a decoration of floral motifs, insects and birds typical of Florentine manufacture of the early seventeenth century, in contrast to the earlier more geometrical style. This new appro [+]

Tabletop of the Admiral of Castile
White marble, Agate, Chalcedony, Paragone, Bohemian jasper, Lapis lazuli, Coral. Ca. 1625
Anonymous
Tabletop of the Admiral of Castile
White marble, Agate, Chalcedony, Paragone, Bohemian jasper, Lapis lazuli, Coral. Ca. 1625
Anonymous

This tabletop has a border with large, lapis lazuli cartouches surrounding the arms of the 9th Admiral of Castile, Alfonso Enríquez de Cabrera, and of his mother, Vittoria Colonna. Enríq [+]

Tabletop of don Rodrigo Calderon
African marble, White marble, Polychrome marble, Paragone, Lapis lazuli, Alabaster. Ca. 1600
Roman Sculptor
Tabletop of don Rodrigo Calderon
African marble, White marble, Polychrome marble, Paragone, Lapis lazuli, Alabaster. Ca. 1600
Roman Sculptor

This tabletop belonged to Rodrigo Calderon, secretary to Philip III, who seems to have acquired it by somewhat unethical means. Its decoration of military motifs suggests that it is related to the vic [+]

Console
Gilt-bronze, Paragone, Jasper. 1781 - 1786
Ferroni, Juan Bautista; Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
Console
Gilt-bronze, Paragone, Jasper. 1781 - 1786
Ferroni, Juan Bautista; Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

The tabletop, which bears its date of completion, is decorated with trompe l’oeil decorations organized like a messy table. A painting with two Oriental figures is surrounded by various books, a ruler [+]

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