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Name of Object:

Model in plaster

Name in original language:



Madrid, Spain

Holding Institution:

Cerralbo Museum

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Holding Institution (original language):

Museo Cerralbo

Date of Object:

2nd half of the 19th century

Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Plaster, wood; casted, painting


35 x 34 cm




Following on the European fascination for the oriental world and for the famous Nasrid Palaces of the Alhambra (Granada, Spain), a lot of reproductions of its remarkable architectures and decorations were made and spread. José Contreras was commended as restorer and decorator and his son, Rafael (1824–1890), was the leading pioneer of this trend in 1847. His work was continued by the grandson and by a huge number of plaster-cast workshops in Granada, and very likely, in other cities. His plasterworks were very successful in the International Exhibitions and were kept in private collections and museums like South Kensington (London). This polychrome plaster cast res a window in the Mexnar Palace of Granada (Spain).

Citation of this web page:

Cecilia Casas Desantes, Cristina Giménez "Model in plaster" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;es;90;en

Database entry origination:

Prepared by: Cecilia Casas Desantes, Cristina Giménez
Copyedited by: Anne Dowell

MWNF Working Number: SP 090

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