Inventory number
E00261
Author
Foggini, Giovanni Battista
Title
Carlos II on Horseback
Chronology
1690
Technique
Cast
Material
Bronze
Dimensions
65 cm x 27,5 cm x 70 cm - 37,4 kg
School
Italian
Theme
Portrait
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección Real (regalado en 1698 a Carlos II por Giuseppe Archinto, nuncio papal en Florencia; Real Alcázar, Madrid, galería del Cierzo, 1700, nº 106; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, 1747, nº 22).

A small equestrian statue on a gilded wooden base. The Spanish king, Carlos II (1661-1700) wears epic clothing of Roman character, holding a scepter in his right hand and the reins of his horse in the left. His heroic and powerful posture is strengthened by the rearing position of his steed.

Foggini made various sketches for this work, which he modeled after the Baroque bronze artist, Pietro Tacca's statue of Fernando I of Medici, which is in Livorno. The present work, in turn, was a model for the statues of Carlos III made by the artist's sons, Vincenzo and Giulio Foggini.

 
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