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María Francisca de la Gándara, Countess widow of Calderón
López Portaña, Vicente
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López Portaña, Vicente

Valencia, 1772 - Madrid, 1850

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María Francisca de la Gándara, Countess widow of Calderón

1846. Oil on canvas, 128 x 98 cm.

Born in 1786 in New Spain, María Francisca de la Gándara y Cardona was the widow of General Fñelix María Calleja del Rey, the last Spanish Viceroy of Mexico. She died in Valencia in 1855. She sits across from the viewer and looks directly at him. In her right hand she holds a breviary, marking the page where she intends to continue her interrupted reading. Her left hand holds a lace handkerchief, which is traditional in female portraits. The marked representation of these objects is the artist´s way of emphasizing the lady´s piety and high social standing. The qualities of the objects, especially the lace on her head, the subtle variations of the white in her handkerchief, and the varied purples of her silk dress are examples of Vicente López´s virtuoso technique.

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Technical data

Inventory number
P07041
Author
López Portaña, Vicente
Title
María Francisca de la Gándara, Countess widow of Calderón
Date
1846
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
High/Height: 128 cm.; Width: 98 cm.
Provenance
Acquisition, 1985

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado., Catálogo de las pinturas del siglo XIX /, Madrid Ministerio de Cultura,, 1985, pp. 134.

De Greco à Picasso, Madrid Ministerio de Cultura, 1987, pp. 348.

Últimas adquisiciones: 1982-1995, Madrid Museo del Prado, 1995, pp. 100.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, Madrid Museo del PradoEspasa Calpe, 1996.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Maestros de la pintura valenciana: del siglo XIX en el Museo, Madrid Museo Nacional del PradoAutoridad Portuaria, 1997, pp. 110.

Díez, José Luis, Vicente López: (1772-1850), Madrid Fundación de Apoyo a la Historia del Arte Hispánic, 1999, pp. 142/ lám.269.

Museo Nacional del Prado, El retrato español: del Greco a Picasso, Madrid Museo Nacional del Prado, 2004, pp. 367.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (desde 1856). Núm. 2061.
Vicente López / (1772-1850) / 2061. Retrato de la Sra. de Gándara / L. 1,28 x 0,98 / Cat. 7041 / Adquirido por el estado por derecho de tanteo en Sotheby's 27-II-1985

Exhibitions +

The Spanish Portrait: From El Greco to Picasso
20.10.2004 - 06.02.2005

Maestros de la pintura valenciana del siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado
Valencia
25.11.1997 - 25.01.1998

Cinco Siglos de Arte Español
París
05.10.1987 - 05.01.1988

Location +

Room 075 (On Display)

Update date: 21-01-2016 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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