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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 [+]

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

During 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 o [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

Fragment of boat-shaped rock crystal vessel with Neptune on a dolphin
Silver gilt, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz. Ca. 1590
Anonymous
Fragment of boat-shaped rock crystal vessel with Neptune on a dolphin
Silver gilt, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz. Ca. 1590
Anonymous

To go by the descriptions in the 17th and 18th century inventories of the Dauphin’s Treasure, and judging from the volumes of the interior of its case, this vessel, which was badly damaged during the [+]

Rock crystal vessel with spout and trefoiled handle
Gold, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Enamel. Ca. 1550
Anonymous; Vangrol, Jean
Rock crystal vessel with spout and trefoiled handle
Gold, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Enamel. Ca. 1550
Anonymous; Vangrol, Jean

A vessel made up of six pieces of rock crystal and six gold mounts enamelled in opaque white and translucent red. The ovate body is decorated with helicoidal gadroons and darts on the base, and the sa [+]

Rock crystal gondola with an enamelled mask on the prow
Gold, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Enamel. Ca. 1600
Delabarre, Pierre (Circle Of); Anonymous
Rock crystal gondola with an enamelled mask on the prow
Gold, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Enamel. Ca. 1600
Delabarre, Pierre (Circle Of); Anonymous

A vessel made up of three pieces of rock crystal and three enamelled gold mounts. The body is formed by a boat-shaped piece with a figurehead on the prow consisting of a mask with pointed ears and ram [+]

Rock crystal ewer with a large scroll-shaped handle
Gold, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz. 1670 - 1689
Metellino, Giovanni Battista (Attributed To)
Rock crystal ewer with a large scroll-shaped handle
Gold, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz. 1670 - 1689
Metellino, Giovanni Battista (Attributed To)

A vessel formed by four pieces of rock crystal and a gold mount. Seen from the front, the sides rise parallel to each other, while emerging on one side is a fold that forms the spout. The upper plane [+]

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 [+]

Sardonyx cup with eagle's head
Gold, Ruby, Diamond, Emerald, Ágata sardónice, Enamel. 323 A.C. - 321 a.C.
Belle, Josias (?); Hellenistic Workshop (?); Taller Parisino
Sardonyx cup with eagle's head
Gold, Ruby, Diamond, Emerald, Ágata sardónice, Enamel. 323 A.C. - 321 a.C.
Belle, Josias (?); Hellenistic Workshop (?); Taller Parisino

The vessel, similar to O44, is formed by three fragments of agate and five enamelled gold mounts. The body is an ancient piece of stone with a broad gold mount on the edge decorated with an enamelled [+]

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. [+]

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