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Charles V and the Fury

  • 'Charles V and the Fury' © Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

    'Charles V and the Fury' © Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

     
  

Category

Sculpture

Date

1564

Artist

Leone Leoni

Cultural background

Italian School

Original title

Carlos V y el Furor
Prado Museum
Madrid
Madrid
Madrid

Bronze sculpture of Emperor Charles V which represents the idea of peace, despite showing the emperor as a warrior.

The original idea for the sculpture is Roman and it is inspired by Virgil's "Aeneid" in which the Emperor Augustus is exalted. In fact, on the base there is the abbreviation of Emperor Cesar Charles Augustus, which connects both emperors.

The sculpture shows the emperor victorious in battle, bringing peace to his people. It represents Charles V's wish to be depicted as a Christian hero and prince of peace.

The naked figure that the emperor is stepping on is the Fury - represented as an adult man in chains and with a look of anger and hatred.

Details of the work

Origin
Royal Collection

Object
Sculpture group

Dimensions
251 cm x 143 cm x 130 cm

Technique
Cast

Material
Bronze

  

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