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Equestrian Portrait of Philip V, King of Spain


Lorenzo Vaccaro

The vocabulary adopted to glorify the monarch in Europe drew both on sumptuous realism and on allegorical imagery. The equestrian portrait of Philip V of Spain, grandson of Louis XIV, was produced by the Italian sculptor Lorenzo Vaccaro (1655–1706) for the city of Naples, of which Philip was also king. It shows the sovereign on his horse in a costume inspired by ancient Rome but wearing a heavy, leonine wig characteristic of the French court. His facial features are carefully captured in this magnificently worked bronze.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Artwork Details

Artist: Lorenzo Vaccaro
Title: Equestrian Portrait of Philip V, King of Spain
Geography: Italy
Date: 1702-1705

Medium: bronze

Classification: sculpture
Dimensions: 100 x 30 x 48 cm (with base)
Inventory number: LAD 2013.057
Contact for images: [email protected]


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