Sculpture Journal

The contract for Domenico Guidi and Ercole Ferrata's firedogs for the king of Spain

Sculpture Journal (2011), 20, (1), 43–53.

Abstract

During the reign of Philip IV of Spain several important works of sculpture were commissioned in Rome from the leading artists of the time to embellish Spanish Royal Palaces, such as the Alcázar in Madrid, and the monastery of San Lorenzo at El Escorial. Alessandro Algardi (1598–1654) had originally received a commission for four pairs of firedogs in bronze, but his demise in 1654 interrupted the process, and his scholari were called on to conclude the work. The article presents for the first time the contract between the King’s ambassador in Roma, the Duque de Terranova, and Domenico Guidi (1625–1701) and Ercole Ferrata (1610–86), former assistants of Algardi, for the completion of the commission for the King’s Palace in Madrid. The sculpture still exists, integrated into a fountain in the Royal Gardens of La Isla at Aranjuez.

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Cueto, David García