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Berengaria of Castile
Prats y Velasco, Francisco
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Prats y Velasco, Francisco

Málaga, 1848, 1883

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Berengaria of Castile

1850. 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
Prats y Velasco, Francisco
Berengaria of Castile
Height: 224 cm.; Width: 140 cm.
Serie Cronológica de los Reyes de España
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Espinós, Adela; Orihuela, Mercedes y Royo Villanova, Mercedes, ''El Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Madrid. II. Palacio Arzobispal, Boletín del Museo del Prado, I, 1980, pp. 106.

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, J.L. (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado. Catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 491.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2958.
'D. Francisco Prats. / 2958. Retrato de cuerpo entero de Dª Berenguela esposa de D. Alonso 9º. / Lleva tunica color morado, y manto azul cogido con la mano derecha, cuyo brazo apoyado en un almohadon, con el cetro que se halla sobre una mesa, y en la izquierda un libro cerrado. / Alto 8 pies; Ancho 5 pies.

Inscriptions +

Prats F./1850
Signed and dated. Front, lower left corner

Inscribed in red color. Front, lower left corner

Inscribed in orange. Front, lower central area


There are no temporary exhibitions related to this work

Location +

Madrid - Palacio Arzobispal de Madrid (Deposit)

Update date: 02-07-2021 | Registry created on 08-04-2016

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