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

Since 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 of [+]

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 [+]

Porphyry vase
Porphyry. Ca. 1650
Anonymous
Porphyry vase
Porphyry. Ca. 1650
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 [+]

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 [+]

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

Following a generalised fashion in European royal palaces during the Baroque period, porphyry, with its characteristic reddish-purple tinge, was used to establish a sense of uninterrupted continuity w [+]

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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