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Ferdinand III of Castile
Múgica y Pérez, Carlos
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Múgica y Pérez, Carlos

Villanueva de Cameros, La Rioja, 1821, 1868

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Ferdinand III of Castile

1850. 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. 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
Múgica y Pérez, Carlos
Ferdinand III of Castile
Height: 223 cm; Width: 140 cm
Serie Cronológica de los Reyes de España
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Espinós, Adela; Orihuela, Mercedes y Royo Villanova, Mercedes, El ''Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Madrid. VI. Ministerio de Justicia, Boletín del Museo del Prado, II, Madrid, 1981, pp. 183.

Tovar Martin, Virginia, El Palacio del Ministerio de Justicia y sus obras de arte, Ministerio de Justicia, Madrid, 1986, pp. 174.

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

Díez, José Luis, La pintura isabelina: arte y política, Real Academia de Historia, 2010, pp. 59-70.

Hurtado Urrutia, Miguel, Nuestro patrimonio ignorado: Carlos Mújica Pérez (1821-1892) (Un camerano con proyección cacerense', Ateneo (Cáceres), 13 Abril, 2013, pp. 83.

Díez, José Luis (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado: catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 430.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2955.
D. Carlos Múgica. / 2955. Retrato de cuerpo entero de D. Fernando 3º. / Lleva tunica amarilla, bordada, y manto carmesi, con esclavina corta azul; en la mano derecha la espada desenvainada, y en la izquierda el globo o mundo con las armas de castilla. / Alto 8 pies; ancho 5 pies

Inscriptions +

C. MUGICA, 1850
Signed and dated. Front, lower right corner

Inscribed in red color. Front, lower left corner

Front, lower central area

Location +

Madrid - Ministerio de Justicia (Deposit)

Displayed objects +

Weapons / Arms

Ceramic floor


Crown / Wreath

Orb / Sphere

Update date: 28-01-2022 | Registry created on 19-03-2016

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