Between 1506 and 1515 Don Pedro Fajardo y Chacôn erected the Castillo de Vélez-Blanco near the southeastern coast of Spain and above the town of Vélez Blanco.
This central courtyard was made from local Macael marble and carved by craftsmen from Lombardy. Embellished with Italian Renaissance ornament, the style was known in Spain as "a lo Romano" and inspired by the ancient monuments rediscovered in Rome during the early Renaissance.
It was around 1913 that George Blumenthal (1858-1941) had the marble fittings from this large patio moved about 3,500 miles east to his Park Avenue mansion. In 1945 it moved east again but only two blocks to the Metropolitan Museum complex on Fifth Avenue.
Today the interior courtyard serves many functions but my favorite of those functions is the perfect setting it makes for Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Bacchanal: A Faun Teased by Children.
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