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Charles II
Oil on canvas. 1673
Carreño de Miranda, Juan
Charles II
Oil on canvas. 1673
Carreño de Miranda, Juan

Charles II stands in the Alcázar Palace’s Hall of Mirrors, alongside a porphyry table held up by two of Mateo Bonuccelli’s gilded bronze lions. The monarch is dressed in black silk, as was cuto [+]

Charles II as a child
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1675
Carreño de Miranda, Juan (Attributed To)
Charles II as a child
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1675
Carreño de Miranda, Juan (Attributed To)

Charles II stands in the Alcázar Palace’s Hall of Mirrors alongside a porphyry table held up by two of Mateo Bonuccelli’s gilded bronze lions. The monarch is dressed in black silk, as was custo [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

Semiprecious-stone box
Hardstone, Ebony. 1650 - 1700
Anonymous
Semiprecious-stone box
Hardstone, Ebony. 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 [+]

Porphyry vase with lid
Porphyry. Third quarter of the XVII century
Anonymous
Porphyry vase with lid
Porphyry. Third quarter of the XVII century
Anonymous

This vessel is made of porphyry, a material greatly valued since classical antiquity because of its rarity and great beauty for use in ornamental pieces intended for the palaces of nobility and member [+]

Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo
Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo

The table O00542 is supported by four bronze lions O00453, O02938, O02939, and O02940 that Velazquez commissioned from Matteo Bonuccelli during the painter´s second trip to Rome (1649-1651). The [+]

Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo
Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo

The table O00542 is supported by four bronze lions O00453, O02938, O02939, and O02940 that Velazquez commissioned from Matteo Bonuccelli during the painter´s second trip to Rome (1649-1651). The [+]

Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo
Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo

The table O00542 is supported by four bronze lions O00453, O02938, O02939, and O02940 that Velazquez commissioned from Matteo Bonuccelli during the painter´s second trip to Rome (1649-1651). The [+]

Porphyry vase
Porphyry, Wood. Ca. 1650
Anonymous
Porphyry vase
Porphyry, Wood. Ca. 1650
Anonymous

This large vase is decorated with a mask in the middle section. It lacks the lid and base, which are known from a drawing of 1682 now in London. It belonged to Gaspar de Haro y Guzmán, Marquis [+]

Philip II's Tabletop
African marble, White marble, Agate, Jasper, Lapis lazuli. Before 1587
Roman Sculptor
Philip II's Tabletop
African marble, White marble, Agate, Jasper, Lapis lazuli. Before 1587
Roman Sculptor

This tabletop was sent from Rome by Cardinal Alessandrino, nephew of Pope Pius V, to Philip II of Spain in 1587. Of unusual proportions, it is designed to create the impression that the inlay is made [+]

Porphyry vase with lid
Porphyry. XVII century
Anonymous
Porphyry vase with lid
Porphyry. XVII century
Anonymous

Since the time of Antiquity, porphyry was one of the most highly regarded materials due to its rarity and great beauty, making it ideal for ornamental objects intended for the palaces of royalty and t [+]

Porphyry vase
Porphyry. Ca. 1650
Anonymous
Porphyry vase
Porphyry. Ca. 1650
Anonymous

This simply carved, two-handled vase has gadroons around the bottom and lip. Decorative objects made in porphyry were obligatory items in royal and aristocratic collections, particularly in the sevent [+]

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