Inventory number
E00444
Author
Tacca, Pietro (Attribution)
Title
Felipe IV on horseback
Chronology
1615-1620
Technique
Cast
Material
Gilded bronze
Dimensions
62,3 cm x 50 cm x 27 cm - 58,8 kg
School
Italian
Theme
Portrait
On display
Yes
Provenance
Acquisition from Apolinar Sánchez Villalba, 1952

Dressed in early seventeenth-century style, the King of Spain (1605-1665) is shown as a youth, while still a prince. The baton and his decisive way of holding the reigns mark a classic attitude of power that gives the figure its appropriate sense of majesty.

It was probably made by Pietro Tacca, given its similarity to other sculptures of his. The horse follows the model of the famous ancient statue of Marcus Aurelius that formerly stood in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, as well as Daniele de Volterra's variation on it for his monument to Henri II of France.

 
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