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Charles IV of Bourbon, Prince of Asturias
Tiepolo, Lorenzo
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Tiepolo, Lorenzo

Venice (Italy), 1736 - Madrid (Spain), 1776

Tiepolo, Lorenzo See author's file

Charles IV of Bourbon, Prince of Asturias

1763. Pastel on paper.
Not on display

In this half-length portrait, the prince appears indoors, turned slightly to the right but looking directly out at the viewer. A three-cornered hat is visible under his left arm and his right hand rests on what appears to be a richly worked helmet. On his chest, he wears the Toison and the insignias of the Orders of Saint Genaro and the Saint-Ésprit.

The Museo del Prado’s inventories assigned this work to the French school until F. J. Sánchez Cantón related it to other pastels at the museum and attributed it to Lorenzo Tiepolo (F. J. Sánchez Cantón: "Lorenzo Tiepolo, pastelista", Archivo Español de Arte, 1925, p. 230). A document dated in Aranjuez on January 10, 1763, which mentions that Lorenzo Tiepolo was painting the Prince of Asturias, was quoted by Sánchez Cantón as an indication that the present likeness may date from that same year. Moreover, Charles of Bourbon was born in Naples in 1748, and his appearance here coincides with an age of around fourteen or fifteen, which coincides with the date mentioned in those documents.

Along with D07435, D07428, D07420, D07421 and D07422, this must be one of the portraits attributed to one of Tiepolo’s sons, mentioned in the 1794 Inventory of the New Palace in Madrid (Text drawn from Mena Marqués, M.: Catálogo de dibujos. VII. Dibujos italianos del siglo XVIII y del siglo XIX, Museo del Prado, 1990, pp. 148-149).

Technical data

Inventory number
Tiepolo, Lorenzo
Charles IV of Bourbon, Prince of Asturias
Height: 710 mm; Width: 600 mm
Royal Collection (transferred from the Royal Seat of La Isabela, Sacedón (Guadalajara) to the Royal Palace in Madrid, 1843)

Bibliography +

Ezquerra del Bayo, Joaquín, Los hijos de Carlos III, II, Junta de Iconografía Nacional, Madrid, 1926, pp. lám. XIII.

Mena Marqués, Manuela, Museo del Prado: catálogo de dibujos, VII, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1990, pp. 148, nº 285.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. nº1197.

Úbeda de los Cobos, A., Lorenzo Tiépolo, Museo Nacional del Prado. Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid, 1999, pp. 139, nº 31.

Giandomenico Tiepolo y sus retratos de fantasía: el artista en la Corte, Banca March, 2014, pp. 58.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 1997.
''Tiepolo / 1997. Retrato de un infantito con casaca azul. (pastel.) / Alto 2 pies, 5 pulg; ancho 2 pies, 1 pulg.''

Números descatalogados del inventario informático. Núm. P004161.
Por indicación del Jefe de Área de Pintura del S. XIX se cambió su numeración

Inv. General, Sección 3ª. Dibujos, grabados, acuarelas y miniaturas, 1879. Núm. 114.
"Numeracion Antigua 1997. [Numeración] Moderna 114. Retrato al pastel de un Ynfante con banda roja A. Escuela francesa - alto 0,70 ancho 0,60- marco dorado y cristal-"

Inscriptions +

Frame, back

No 4161
Frame, back

Príncipe N. S. ñor [Príncipe Nuestro Señor]
Frame, back

Frame, back

Exhibitions +

Their Majesties’ Retiring Room
09.04.2019 - 12.10.2021

Displayed objects +

Insignia of the Royal Order of Saint Genaro

Order of the Holy Ghost

Golden Fleece


Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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