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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Medieval & Renaissance, Room 64, The Wolfson Gallery

Relief

1450-1500 (carved)
Place Of Origin

Alfonso V, wearing a toga and diadem, is presented like a Roman emperor on a coin. The inscription is that used in reference to Roman emperors, usually after their death, when they were deified, or made gods.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
marble
Brief Description
Relief, Alfonso V of Aragon. Neapolitan, ca. 1450-1500.
Physical Description
The bust of the king is shown in right profile within a circle. On his head he has a diadem with high points tied with a ribbon at the back. He wears classical armour and a cloak.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 24.5cm
  • Depth: 3.2cm
  • Weight: 2.66kg
Measured for the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries
Marks and Inscriptions
The god king Alfonso
Subjects depicted
Summary
Alfonso V, wearing a toga and diadem, is presented like a Roman emperor on a coin. The inscription is that used in reference to Roman emperors, usually after their death, when they were deified, or made gods.
Bibliographic References
  • Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: HMSO, 1964. cat. no. 300. fig. no. 299.
  • Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. London, 1932. p. 124.
  • Bologna, Ferdinando, "DIVI IVLI CAESARIS: un nuovo busto federiciano e gli interessi dei circoli umanistici del Regno per Federico II" Dialoghi di storia dell'arte vol. 2, 199, p. 12, fig. 9.
Collection
Accession Number
A.97-1921

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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