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Alfonso V of León
Fierros Álvarez, Dionisio
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Fierros Álvarez, Dionisio

Ballota (Asturias), 1827 - Madrid, 1894

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Alfonso V of León

Ca. 1853. 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
Fierros Álvarez, Dionisio
Alfonso V of León
Ca. 1853
Height: 225 cm; Width: 140 cm
Serie Cronológica de los Reyes de España
Royal Collection, 1853

Bibliography +

Ossorio y Bernard, M., Galería biográfica de artistas españoles del Siglo XIX, Giner, Madrid, 1975, pp. 246.

Espinós, A.; Orihuela, M. y Royo Villanova, M. [et al.], ''El Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Madrid. XI. Ministerio de Cultura, Boletín del Museo del Prado, VI, 1985, pp. 42.

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

Díez, José Luis, La pintura isabelina: arte y política, Real Academia de Historia, 2010, pp. 59-70.

Díez, José Luis (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado: catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 188.

Castro Fernández, Celia., Pintura y fotografía en el siglo XIX: una aproximación al arte de Dionisio Fierros, Hércules Ediciones,, 2018, pp. 70.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2998.
D. Dionisio Fierros. / 2998. Retrato del rey d. Alfonso 5º / Viste tunica blanca, mano car / mesi; en la mano derecha el cetro, / y en la izquierda unos papeles. / Alto 8 pies; ancho 5 pies (En el margen dercho, A Villanueva y Geltrú, Rl. O. 19 de marzo de 1886)

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in black. Front, lower left area

Inscribed in red color. Front, lower left corner

Stretcher, central crossbeam

D. ALONSO V murio 1028
Inscribed in black. Front, lower area

Location +

Madrid - Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte (Deposit)

Displayed objects +



Ceramic floor

Crown / Wreath

Update date: 11-04-2022 | Registry created on 08-04-2016

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