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Coffered Ceiling
Polychromed, Carved. Ca. 1400
Anonymous
Coffered Ceiling
Polychromed, Carved. Ca. 1400
Anonymous

The principal beams are decorated with secular scenes, including dances, jousts or men fighting monsters, and with the coats-of-arms of Castile and León and those of the Luna and Rojas families [+]

Crouching Aphrodite
White marble. Mid-IIcentury
Roman Sculptor
Crouching Aphrodite
White marble. Mid-IIcentury
Roman Sculptor

Roman copy of a crouching Aphrodite who originally had both arms raised to shake her long hair with her hands. The copy is based on a late Hellenistic original created circa 100 B. C. in Rhodes which, [+]

Peace and her Fruits
Ivory. XVIII century
Anonymous
Peace and her Fruits
Ivory. XVIII century
Anonymous

The goddess Eirene, bearing an olive branch, personifies Peace. She is surrounded by allegories of her bounty: prosperity, plenty, the progress of all the arts represented and the rejection of arms, t [+]

Roman Woman
White marble. 150 - 155
Roman Sculptor
Roman Woman
White marble. 150 - 155
Roman Sculptor

The portrait is of a mature, high-class lady with a serene and somewhat tired expression. Like many portraits of its era, it imitates the hairstyles adopted in the imperial household, in this case of [+]

Hadrian as a hero
White marble. Ca. 136
Roman Sculptor
Hadrian as a hero
White marble. Ca. 136
Roman Sculptor

In 136 A.D., two years before his death, Emperor Hadrian had the previous realism of his portraits replaced with an idealized image of him as a young hero. Gold coins with this portrait, minted during [+]

Angel with Christ’s Cross
Walnut. 1425 - 1435
Maes, Tydeman
Angel with Christ’s Cross
Walnut. 1425 - 1435
Maes, Tydeman

This pair of angels with instruments of the Passion (E00493, E00711) was sculpted for export by Maes in Bruges, as the rare signatures on the reverses indicate. The pair comes from a church in norther [+]

The Muse Terpsichore
White marble. 130 - 150
Anonymous
The Muse Terpsichore
White marble. 130 - 150
Anonymous

This marble statue and other seven more (E000068, E000040, E000062, E000061, E000038, E000069, E000037) were unearthed in about 1500 in Hadrian´s Villa at Tivoli, where the decorated the stage of the [+]

Demetrius I Poliorcetes
Bronze. 307 A.C. - 300 a.C.
Hellenistic Workshop
Demetrius I Poliorcetes
Bronze. 307 A.C. - 300 a.C.
Hellenistic Workshop

The monumental dimensions of the bronze head, compatible with a statue approximately 3.5 m high, as well as its individualized features suggests a portrait rather than a mythological image. Schrö [+]

Apolo inspirado por la música
Carrara marble. 1814 - 1819
Álvarez Cubero, José
Apolo inspirado por la música
Carrara marble. 1814 - 1819
Álvarez Cubero, José

Apollo holds a lyre and in keeping with Praxitelean ideals adopts an elegant contraposto pose. The original version was commissioned by Antonio Canova to decorate the Real Casa del Labrador at Aranjue [+]

Marcus Aurelius
White marble. XVI century
Anonymous
Marcus Aurelius
White marble. XVI century
Anonymous

A modern bust of emperor Marcus Aurelius (121-180 A.D.). This work follows the model of the ancient bronze equestrian statue that Michelangelo placed in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, which is no [+]

Achilles
Marble. 150 - 175
Anonymous
Achilles
Marble. 150 - 175
Anonymous

Until fifty years ago, this head mounted on a large bust in the 17th century was considered a portrait of Alexander the Great. He looks emphatically upwards with his mouth open in an expression of pat [+]

The Emperor Vitellius
White marble, Portasanta marble. Ca. 1565
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola
The Emperor Vitellius
White marble, Portasanta marble. Ca. 1565
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola

This bust of Vitellius is from the monumental series of the “Twelve Emperors” sent by Philip II to the gardens of the Casa de Campo in Madrid in 1571. The features are a more pronounced version of tho [+]

Penitent Mary Magdalene
Wood. 1664
Mena, Pedro de
Penitent Mary Magdalene
Wood. 1664
Mena, Pedro de

Mary Magdalene contemplates a crucifix she holds in her left hand. Her right hand is on her bosom, indicating her love and devotion to Jesus Christ. Her narrow, expressive face, sad gaze and slightly [+]

Salonia Matidia as Thalia, Muse of Comedy
Marble. Ca. 1789
Cortés, Pascual
Salonia Matidia as Thalia, Muse of Comedy
Marble. Ca. 1789
Cortés, Pascual

This Muse is a copy of a Roman herm, in this case depicting Comedy with vine tendrils in her hair and the features of the Roman noblewoman Salonia Matidia (68-119 d. C.), like that of Tragedy (E00042 [+]

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 [+]

Youth with Swan
Carrara marble. 1808
Álvarez Cubero, José
Youth with Swan
Carrara marble. 1808
Álvarez Cubero, José

A handsome youth feeds a swan that he his holding by its neck. Intended as an ornamental piece, Álvarez combines his taste for the dynamic forms of Greek sculpture with the polished, matt finis [+]

The Emperor Nero
Marble. Ca. 1565
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola
The Emperor Nero
Marble. Ca. 1565
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola

In 1562 and 1565 Philip II commissioned the Bonanome brothers to execute two series of busts of the “Twelve Emperors” of whom Suetonius wrote biographies. The monarch was not satisfied with the busts [+]

Deified Emperor
Marble. Ca. 50
Roman Sculptor
Deified Emperor
Marble. Ca. 50
Roman Sculptor

This sculpture consists of a seventeenth-century head of Augustus and a torso of Augustus or Tiberius dating from the beginning of the first century A.D. This type of iconography, with a body based on [+]

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