Boy with a Dragon

Object Details

Title:

Boy with a Dragon

Artist/Maker(s):

Pietro Bernini (Italian, 1562 - 1629)

and Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian, 1598 - 1680)

Culture:

Italian

Place(s):

Rome, Lazio, Italy (Place created)

Date:

about 1617

Medium:

Marble

Dimensions:

55.9 x 52 x 41.5 cm, 19.2325 kg (22 x 20 1/2 x 16 5/16 in., 42.4 lb.)

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Pietro Bernini and his gifted son Gian Lorenzo carved this marble boy with a dragon for the palace of Maffeo Barberini, later Pope Urban VIII. The infant Hercules, who demonstrated his divine strength even as an infant by slaying poisonous serpents, appears here as a mischievous boy who smiles, sits on the dragon, and breaks its jaw with his bare hands. Common in Hellenistic statuary, the theme of Hercules and the serpent was revived in sculpture of the early 1600s.

This work was presented as a diplomatic gift by Cardinal Carlo Barberini, grandnephew of Pope Urban VIII, to King Philip V of Spain when he entered Naples in 1702.

Provenance
about 1617

Commissioned by Cardinal Maffeo Barberini, later Pope Urban VIII, 1568 - 1644 (Palazzo Barberini, via dei Giubbonari, Rome), given to his brother, Don Carlo Barberini.

before 1628 - 1644

Don Carlo Barberini, 1562 - 1630 (Palazzo Barberini, via dei Giubbonari, Rome), by descent to his grandnephew, Cardinal Carlo Barberini, 1628.

by 1628 - 1702

Cardinal Carlo Barberini, 1630 - 1704, given as gift to the Spanish King, Philip V, 1702.

after 1702

Philip V King of Spain, 1683 - 1746

- 1905

Unknown [sold Galerie Sempe, Nice 1905 to Baron Lazzaroni]

1905 - 1934

Baron Michele Lazzaroni, 1863 - 1934 (Paris), by descent to his heirs, 1934.

1934 - 1955

Heirs of Baron Michele Lazzaroni, 1863 - 1934, sold to Francesco Romano, 1955.

1955 - 1966

Francesco Romano (Florence), sold to Irving and Marilyn Lavin, 1966.

1966 - 1987

Dr. Irving Lavin (Princeton, New Jersey)

1966 - 1987

and Marilyn Lavin (Princeton, New Jersey), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1987.

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