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Fruela II of Asturias
Bonnat, Léon-Joseph
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Bonnat, Léon-Joseph

Bayonne (France), 1833 - Monchy Saint Éloi, Oise (France), 1922

Bonnat, Léon-Joseph See author's file

Fruela II of Asturias

1852. 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. Fruela II (c. 875–July 925) was the King of Asturias (910-924) and King of León (924-925)

Technical data

Inventory number
Bonnat, Léon-Joseph
Fruela II of Asturias
Height: 225 cm; Width: 140 cm
Serie Cronológica de los Reyes de España
Royal Collection, 1851

Bibliography +

Espinós, A.; Orihuela, M. y Royo Villanova, M. [et al.], ''El Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Asturias. Covadonga. Basílica, Boletín del Museo del Prado, VI, 1985, pp. 114.

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

Luxenberg, Alisa, Un francés entre 'Los Reyes de España': León Bonnat y su 'Retrato de Fruela II', Boletín del Museo del Prado, IX, 1990, pp. 67-75.

Remis Fernández, J., Las pinturas del Prado en Covadonga, La Nueva España. Oviedo, LXXII, 2008-01-30.

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. 108.

Barón, Javier, 'Apéndices al catálogo. Retratos de la Serie Cronológica de los Reyes de España depositados en el Museo de Covadonga' En: Museo de Covadonga. Catálogo de sus colecciones, Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson, Madrid, 2018, pp. 371-403 [397-400 SC15].

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2978.
D. Leon Bonnat / 2978. Retrato de D. Fruela 2º / Lleva tunica blanca y manto encarnado bordado de oro, cogido el cetro con la mano izquierda, y la corona sobre una mesa. / Alto 8 pies; Ancho 5 pies

Inscriptions +

L.n Bonnat / 1852
Signed and dated. Front, lower left corner

Inscribed in red color. Front, lower left corner

D. FRUELA II murio 924
Inscribed in golden colour. Front, lower central area

Location +

Covadonga - Museo de Covadonga (Deposit)

Displayed objects +


Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 27-11-2015

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