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Bermudo II of León
Fresno, Jerónimo
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Fresno, Jerónimo


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Bermudo II of León

1851. 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. Bermudo, called the Gouty, was first a rival king in Galicia (982-984) and then king of the entire Kingdom of León (984-999).

Technical data

Inventory number
Fresno, Jerónimo
Bermudo II of León
Height: 222 cm; Width: 140 cm
Serie Cronológica de los Reyes de España
Royal Collection, 1851

Bibliography +

Espinós, A.; Orihuela, M. y Royo Villanova, M. [et al.], El ''Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Barcelona. III, Cuenca y Segovia. Segovia. Alcázar, Boletín del Museo del Prado, VII, 1986, pp. 197.

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. 482-483.

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. 197-198.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2967.
D. Geronimo Fresno. /2967. Retrato de d. Bermudo 2º. /Viste cota de malla y tunica azul puesta la mano izquierda en el tali de la espada, y en la derecha un papel medio rollado. /Alto 8 pies; Ancho 5 pies.

Inscriptions +

Geronimo Fresno. 1851
Signed and dated. Front, lower left area

D. BERMUDO II murió 999
Front, lower central area

Inscribed in orange. Front, lower left area

Location +

Madrid - Congreso de los Diputados (Deposit)

Displayed objects +




Crown / Wreath

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

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