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Henry III of Castile, the Mourne
Ortega Matamoros, Calixto
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Ortega Matamoros, Calixto

Lillo, Toledo, 1811 - Madrid, 1860

Ortega Matamoros, Calixto See author's file

Henry III of Castile, the Mourne

1848. 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
Ortega Matamoros, Calixto
Henry III of Castile, the Mourne
Height: 220 cm; Width: 140 cm
Serie Cronológica de los Reyes de España
Royal Collection, 1848

Bibliography +

Espinós, A.; Orihuela, M. y Royo Villanova, M. [et al.], El ''Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Barcelona. III, Cuenca y Segovia. Segovia. Museo, Boletín del Museo del Prado, VII, Madrid, 1986, pp. 198.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, I, Museo del Prado Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990.

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

Díez, José Luis (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado: catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 448.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2946.
''2946. Id de D. Enrique 3º el doliente por D. Calisto Ortega. Alto 8 pies; ancho 5 pies''.

Inscriptions +

Calisto Ortega Pinto año de 1848
Signed and dated. Front, lower left corner

D. ENRIQUE III murio 1407
Front, lower central area

Inscribed in orange. Front, lower left corner

Location +

Segovia - Alcázar de Segovia (Deposit)

Displayed objects +



Crown / Wreath

Update date: 28-01-2022 | Registry created on 27-11-2015

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