Inventory number
E00169
Author
Bonuccelli, Matteo
Title
Venus with a shell
Chronology
Ca. 1652
Technique
Cast
Material
Bronze
Dimensions
61 cm x 60 cm x 60 cm
School
Italian
Theme
Mythology
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection (Royal Alcázar Palace, Madrid, “pieza del Hermafrodita”, 1700, n. 92; New Royal Palace, Madrid, 1747, n. 19; New Royal Palace, Madrid, 1794, s.n.)

This cast-bronze work is based on a late-Hellenistic work in the Borghese Collection in Rome. It was commissioned by Velázquez and cast in 1652 for Felipe IV.

Like Hermaphrodite (E00223) and The Boy with Thorn (E00163), this bronze casting was commissioned by Velázquez in Rome during his second voyage to Italy (1648-1651). Along with many other cast pieces, these were intended to decorate Madrid's Alcázar Palace which the King's Painter was decorating during those years with paintings, sculptures and other valuable items.

 
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