A peculiarity of the Mantova Benavides collection is the presence of many sculptures after the Antique, i.e. sculptures made in the manner of ancient greek and roman artists. These works imitate in all or in part the ancient statues and probably come mainly from workshops of artists of the sixteenth century. The sculptures were originally used as models for large-scale artistic creations as in the case of the frescoes of the “Sala dei Giganti” in Padua (1539-1541).