Pausing in the Patio
A family pauses in Gallery 534, the Patio from the Castle of Vélez Blanco, 1506–15, in New York City's The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Monumental Italian sculptures from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries are displayed in the patio. The statue in the lower center with the three shadows is Orpheus, famous for taming beasts with his music. Inner courtyards were an important feature of Spanish castles during this period, providing privacy as well as access to light and fresh air.
The balcony is The Gallery 535 - The Vélez Blanco Patio: Spanish Decorative Arts, 1450–1700. The objects arranged around this balcony from a great Spanish courtyard attest to the artistic diversity of the kingdoms of Spain.
All reference text here is from the Met's official web site.
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