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Pelagius of Asturias
Madrazo y Kuntz, Luis de
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Madrazo y Kuntz, Luis de

Madrid (Spain), 1825 - Madrid (Spain), 1897

Madrazo y Kuntz, Luis de See author's file

Pelagius of Asturias

1853 - 1856. 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. Pelagius 685-737) was an Iberian Visigoth nobleman who founded the Kingdom of Asturias in 718.

Technical data

Inventory number
Madrazo y Kuntz, Luis de
Pelagius of Asturias
1853 - 1856
Height: 224 cm.; Width: 140 cm.
Serie Cronológica de los Reyes de España
Royal Collection, 1853

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, Madrid, 1985, pp. 116.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. nº2987.

Flacke, Monica, Mythen Der Nationen Ein Europaisches Panorama, Deutsches Historisches Museum, 1998.

Barón, Javier, El rey Pelayo y el origen de la Reconquista en la obra de Federico de Madrazo, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XXV, 2007, pp. 151.

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. 53, 59-70.

Díez, J.L. (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado. Catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 377.

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 [376 SC1].

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2987.
''D. Luis de Madrazo. / 2987. Retrato del rey de Asturias D. Pelayo. / Viste manto blanco, apoya la / mano derecha en la espada y asida / con la izquierda una cruz. / Alto 8 pies; ancho 5 pies.''

Inscriptions +

L. Mo
Inscribed in brown color. Front, lower right corner

Inscribed. Front, lower left corner

D. PELAYO murió 737
Inscribed. Front, lower central area


There are no temporary exhibitions related to this work

Location +

Covadonga - Museo de Covadonga (Deposit)

Displayed objects +



Update date: 08-07-2021 | Registry created on 27-11-2015

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