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Alarico II
Esquivel y Rivas, Carlos María
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Esquivel y Rivas, Carlos María

Sevilla (Spain), 1830 - Oviedo, Asturias (Spain), 1867

Esquivel y Rivas, Carlos María See author's file

Alarico II

1856. Oil on canvas.
On display elsewhere

The Chronological Series of the Kings of Spain was a museum project planned in 1847 by José de Madrazo to adorn four of the new rooms at the Real Museo de Pinturas (Royal Museum of Paintings), then under his direction. At the height of the confrontation between the supporters of Isabella II and the Carlists, who denied the sovereign’s right to occupy the throne because she was a woman, the queen assented to the creation and display of a portrait gallery that would represent all the preceding monarchs in chronological order. To fill the gaps of the medieval kings, of whom there were no images in the Royal Collections, portraits were commissioned from a number of young painters. At the same time, given that the clear political purpose of the series was to provide visual legitimisation for Isabella’s right to the crown, a special effort was made to represent the queens of Spain’s history.

Technical data

Inventory number
Esquivel y Rivas, Carlos María
Alarico II
Height: 225 cm; Width: 140 cm
Serie Cronológica de los Reyes de España
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990.

Orihuela Maeso, Mercedes y de Castro Sánchez, Mª Teresa, Presencia del Museo del Prado en el Congreso de los Diputados, Revista de las Cortes Generales, 73, 2008, pp. 454-555.

Díez, José Luis (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado: catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 167.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 3001.
D. Carlos Esquivel / 3001. Retrato del Rey Godo Alarico / Viste túnica azul, manto anteado /y en las manos tiene un papel / en actitud de leerle. /Alto 8 pies; ancho 5 pies (A la derecha, en letra negra, Tribunal Supremo de Justicia).

Inscriptions +

C. M. Esquivel / 1856
Signed and dated. Front, lower area

ALARICO murio 531
Inscribed in orange. Front, lower area

Inscribed in orange. Front, lower left corner

Location +

Madrid - Congreso de los Diputados (Deposit)

Displayed objects +



Update date: 28-01-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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