Neptune and Glaucus by Gianlorenzo Bernini

'Neptune and Glaucus' shows Neptune striding across a large shell, with sea-god Glaucus between his legs.

Details

Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
186 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £15,000)
Acquired in:
1950
Vendor:
Lord Yarborough

Commissioned circa 1622 for Cardinal Montalto for Villa Montalto, to go at end of large fishpond (designed for Sixtus V).

Provenance

Cardinal Montalto; purchased 1696 by Cardinal Negroni; sold in 1784 to a speculator; sold in 1786 to Thomas Jenkins, an English banker and purchased by Sir Joshua Reynolds for 700 guineas; sold to Charles Pelham, Lord Yarborough, in 1794 for 500 guineas.

Venue details

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road, London London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000 www.vam.ac.uk

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