VILLANUEVA BUILDING: MAIN FLOOR
THE EMPEROR CHARLES V SUBDUING RAGE
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LEONE LEONI (1509-1590) AND POMPEO LEONI (1533-1608)
Bronze (251 cms. in height)
Italian School. Renaissance
16th Century
Hall 1

This bronze is one of the most beautiful pieces of Renaissance Statuary. The two figures rise up over a plynth, around the circumference of which is the inscription "Caesaris virtute domitus furor" (Rage dominated by Caesar's valour). On the same plynth, to the left, there is another inscripition referring to the piece`s creators. In Latin it reads "Leone, the father, and Pompeo, the son, natives of Arezzo, made this 1564". It is probable that it was actually Leone who made it and that his son only helped in its firing. Celebrated in this sculptural group is a victory of the imperial troops; some argue that it refers to the conquest of Tunis, others that it is the Battle of Mühlberg against the Protestants. In the figure of the emperor the clothing is removable, revealing a nude worked in the fashion of the old deified Roman emperors. In his right hand he carries a lance that has felled the body of his vanquished foe, while in his left he has a sword, the hilt of which is shaped like an eagle's head.

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