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Jacopo Robusti, detto Tintoretto - The Fall of Phaethon
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Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez - Portrait of Francesco I d’Este
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Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Bust of Francesco I d’Este
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Prospero Clemente - Bust of Ercole II d'Este
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Domenico Galli - Cello
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Boy with thorn
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Annibale Carracci - Venus and Love
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Double Harp
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Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, detto Guercino - Venus, Mars and Cupid
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Guido Mazzoni - Head of an old man
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Antonio Raggi - Sacred Love defeating profane Love
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Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, detto l'Antico - The Gonzaga Vase
Jacopo Robusti, detto Tintoretto - The Fall of Phaethon
Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez - Portrait of Francesco I d’Este
Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Bust of Francesco I d’Este
Prospero Clemente - Bust of Ercole II d'Este
Domenico Galli - Cello
Boy with thorn
Annibale Carracci - Venus and Love
Double Harp
Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, detto Guercino - Venus, Mars and Cupid
Guido Mazzoni - Head of an old man
Antonio Raggi - Sacred Love defeating profane Love
Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, detto l'Antico - The Gonzaga Vase

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The Spinario of the Galleria Estense is one of the best known examples of a sculptural typology depicting a young man sitting on a rock intent on removing a thorn from the sole of his left foot. Derived from Hellenistic models, the subject enjoyed immense fortune during the Renaissance, especially from the donation of the Lateran bronzes by Sixtus IV (141-1484) in 1471, when the Spinario in bronze currently kept at the Capitoline Museums it became one of the most studied and appreciated works of the antiquarian culture of the time. The work became part of the Este collections through Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este (1509-1572). On the death of the cardinal he appears in the inventories of the duke Alfonso II (1533-1597) and in the late sixteenth century he remembers the restoration commissioned by the duke Cesare d’Este (1562-1628) to the Ferrarese sculptor Francesco Casella.

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