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Henry IV of Castile
Sainz, Francisco
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Sainz, Francisco

Lanestosa, Vizcaya, 1823 - Madrid, 1853

Sainz, Francisco See author's file

Henry IV of Castile

Ca. 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
Sainz, Francisco
Henry IV of Castile
Ca. 1848
Height: 225 cm; Width: 142 cm
Serie Cronológica de los Reyes de España
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. 769.

El ''Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Zaragoza. Edificio de la Antigua Capitanía General de la IV Región Militar, Boletín del Museo del Prado, 16, Madrid, 1995, pp. 82.

Navarro, C.G., Luis de Madrazo pensionado en Italia: El Entierro de Santa Cecilia y sus dibujos preparatorios en el Museo del Prado, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XXV, Madrid, 2007, pp. 124-141.

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

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. 528.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2942.
''2942. Id. D Enrique 4º de Sainz. El cetro en la mano derecha, y sobre un sillon el manto de la Orden de Santiago. Alto 8 Pies, 1 Pulg; Ancho 5 Pies, 1 Pulg.''

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in orange. Front, lower left corner

D. ENRIQUE IV murió 1474
Inscribed in black. Front, lower central area

Location +

Zaragoza - Universidad de Zaragoza (Deposit)

Displayed objects +


Ceramic floor


Order of Saint James: Emblema de la Orden Militar de Santiago, en el manto


Crown / Wreath

Update date: 09-11-2022 | Registry created on 10-03-2016

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