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Concepción Serrano, later Countess of Santovenia
Rosales Gallinas, Eduardo
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Rosales Gallinas, Eduardo

Madrid, 1836 - Madrid, 1873

Rosales Gallinas, Eduardo See author's file

Concepción Serrano, later Countess of Santovenia

1871. Oil on canvas.
On display elsewhere

María de la Concepción Serrano y Domínguez was the eldest child of General Serrano, the Duke of Torre. She was born in Havana in 1860, which her father was Commander in Chief of Cuba. In 1880, she married the second Count of Santovenia. She died in 1941 in Biarritz, her habitual residence. Rosales´ portrait shows a girl of eleven in a very gracious poise, secure in her social position at the moment when her father exercised his maximum political power as President of the Government. This work was presented at the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in 1871, where it was surprising because of its distance from what had been customary in Spanish portraits until then. The greater monumentally which the painter gives this figure, the perfect rendering of the qualities of the textiles and the variations in tones produced by the highlights were truly striking. This is joined by the painter´s knowledge of Spain´s pictorial tradition. And, in fact, the girl is depicted in a setting that is very similar to Velasquez´s portrait of Prince Baltasar Carlos as a Hunter (P01189). Moreover, her pose recalls certain royal portraits by Goya.

Technical data

Inventory number
Rosales Gallinas, Eduardo
Concepción Serrano, later Countess of Santovenia
Height: 163 cm; Width: 106 cm
Bequest of Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, 1982

Bibliography +

Exposición de retratos de niño en España: catálogo general ilustrado, Sociedad Española de Amigos del Arte, Madrid, 1925, pp. 89.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas del siglo XIX, Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid, 1986, pp. 255.

Museo Nacional del Prado, El retrato español: del Greco a Picasso, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 370.

Enciclopedia del Museo del Prado, III, T.F. Editores: Fundación Amigos, Madrid, 2006, pp. 829.

Diez, J.L; Barón, J., El siglo XIX en el Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2007, pp. 224/ lám.42.

Salas, Xavier de, La exposición de la obra de Eduardo Rosales 1836-1873, Estudios, 2010, pp. 345-377.

Díez, J.L. (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado. Catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 523.

Reyero, C, 'El retrato de la condesa de Santovenia de Eduardo Rosales' En:Los tesoros ocultos del Museo del Prado, Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado. Círculo de lectores, Madrid, 2017, pp. 357-378.

Barón, J, 'Eduardo Rosales. Condesa de Santovenia'' En:, Cuarenta años de amistad. Donaciones de la Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado., Museo Nacional del Prado. Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, Madrid, 2021, pp. 36 nº 1.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 1972.
L. Rosales / 1972. 'Retrato' de la Marquesa de Santovenia / L. 1,63 X 1,06 / Cat. 6711 / Adquirido en 1982

Inscriptions +

E. Rosales / 1871
Signed and dated. Front, lower left corner

Exhibitions +

Forty Years of Friendship. Donations from the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado
14.09.2021 - 16.01.2022

De la Edad Media a las Vanguardias. Obras maestras de la colección Félix Fernández-Valdés
06.10.2020 - 28.02.2021

El Siglo XIX en el Prado
31.10.2007 - 20.04.2008

The Spanish Portrait: From El Greco to Picasso
20.10.2004 - 06.02.2005

Location +

Barcelona - CaixaForum de Barcelona (Temporary Exhibition)

Update date: 28-01-2023 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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