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Esquivel y Rivas, Carlos María
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Esquivel y Rivas, Carlos María

Sevilla (Spain), 1830 - Oviedo, Asturias (Spain), 1867

Esquivel y Rivas, Carlos María See author's file

Egica

1853. Oil on canvas. On display elsewhere

Egica was the Visigoth King of Hispania and Septimania (687-702). 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
P006905
Author
Esquivel y Rivas, Carlos María
Title
Egica
Date
1853
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 224 cm.; Width: 141 cm.
Series
Serie Cronológica de los Reyes de España
Provenance
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Ossorio y Bernard, M., Galería biográfica de artistas españoles del Siglo XIX, Giner, Madrid, 1975, pp. 208.

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, 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. 474-475.

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. 167.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2997.
D. Carlos Mª Esquivel / 2997. Retrato del Rey Godo Egica. / Lleva armadura, en la mano derecha el cetro; y apoya la izquierda en el puño de la espada. / Alto 8 pies; ancho 5 pies

There are no temporary exhibitions related to this work

Location +

Madrid - Congreso de los Diputados (Deposit)

Displayed objects +

Armor

Update date: 14-10-2020 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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