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Doorway of a House in Toledo
Rico y Ortega, Martín
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Rico y Ortega, Martín

Madrid, 1833 - Venecia, 1908

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Doorway of a House in Toledo

1875 - 1878. Oil on panel.
Room 062B

Rico combines his interest in the old buildings of Toledo, a city that he visited in 1875, with the picturesque motif of donkeys bearing water pitchers. His composition is based on various rapid, deft sketches that he made in one of his notebooks. The principal focus of interest is the effect of the dazzling sunlight of Toledo as it falls on the house façades.


Technical data

Inventory number
Rico y Ortega, Martín
Doorway of a House in Toledo
1875 - 1878
Height: 21.7 cm; Width: 34.8 cm
William Hood Stewart; acquired from Sotheby's, New York, 2010.

Bibliography +

Bergerat, E., Les Chefs D'Oeuvre D'Art a L'Exposition Universelle 1878, [s.n], París, 1878, pp. n. 117.

Hoeber, A., Catalogue deluxe of the modern masterpieces gathered by the late connoisseur William H. Stewart, to be disposed of at absolute public sale, by order of his executors, The American art association, New York, 1898, pp. n. 108.

Rico, M., Recuerdos de mi vida, Imprenta Ibérica, Madrid, 1906, pp. 125.

Trapier, E., Martin Rico y Ortega in the Collection of the Hispanic Society of America, The Trustees, Nueva York, 1937.

Boone, E. M., Vistas de España. American views of art and life in Spain. 1860-1914, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2007, pp. 163.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Memoria de Actividades 2007, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2008, pp. 36.

Sotheby´s New York, 2010, pp. Lote 885.

Barón, J., Adquisiciones. Martín Rico Ortega (1833-1908). En: Memoria de actividades 2010, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2011, pp. 32-34.

Barón, Javier, El paisajista Martín Rico (1833-1908), Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2012, pp. 182-184 n.30.

Maurer, G., Goya: lo bello y lo recóndito. En: La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 427.

Barón, Javier (ed.), Impressions of Europe. Nineteenth-Century Vistas by Martín Rico, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 182-184 n.28.

Mena Marqués, M.; Albarrán, V., La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, folleto, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 59 n.266.

Barón, Javier, 'El virtuosismo en la pintura española del s.XIX: Mariano Fortuny, Martín Rico y Raimundo de Madrazo' En: Del realismo al impresionismo, Fundación Amigos Museo del Prado - Galaxia Gutenberg, Madrid, 2014, pp. 237-265 [261].

Mena Marqués, M.; Albarrán, V., Azúa, F. de, La belleza cautiva. Pequeños tesoros del Museo del Prado, Museo del Prado - Obra Social ''La Caixa'', Barcelona, 2014, pp. 207.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2803.

Inscriptions +

Signed. Front, lower right corner

Scrap of paper. Back

Exhibitions +

Captive Beauty. Small Treasures at the Prado Museum
16.07.2014 - 05.01.2015

Captive Beauty. Fra Angelico to Fortuny
21.05.2013 - 10.11.2013

Impression of Europe: The Art of Martín Rico (1833-1908)
10.03.2013 - 07.07.2013

El paisajista Martín Rico (1833 - 1908)
30.10.2012 - 10.02.2013

The landscape painter Martín Rico (1833-1908)
30.10.2012 - 10.02.2013

Location +

Room 062B (On Display)


Displayed objects +



Update date: 24-09-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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