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Queen Isabella the Catholic
Madrazo y Kuntz, Luis de
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Madrazo y Kuntz, Luis de

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

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Queen Isabella the Catholic

Ca. 1848. Oil on canvas. Not on display

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.

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Madrazo y Kuntz, Luis de
Queen Isabella the Catholic
Ca. 1848
Height: 225 cm.; Width: 140.8 cm.
Serie Cronológica de los Reyes de España
Royal Collection, 1847; Museo de Arte Moderno, 1896-1971

Bibliography +

Espinós, Adela; Orihuela, Mercedes y Royo Villanova, Mercedes, ''El Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Madrid. IV. Biblioteca Nacional, Boletín del Museo del Prado, II, 1981, pp. 60.

Pérez Sánchez, A. E., La serie iconográfica de los reyes de España en relación con el Alcázar de Segovia, Segovia, 1984, pp. 33-41.

Los Madrazo: una familia de artistas, Ayuntamiento, Concejalía de Cultura, Madrid, 1985, pp. nº75.

Noticias del Prado. Levantamiento de depósitos. Barcelona. Museo de Arte Moderno, Boletín del Museo del Prado, 8, 1987, pp. 206.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. nº2943.

Isabel la Católica y el arte, Real Academia de la Historia, Madrid, 2006, pp. 97-124.

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

Arbeteta Mira, Letizia, Las joyas reales en la Monarquía Hispánica. Una aproximación iconográfica., C.I.C.T., U.Católica Lisboa.- I. de Humanismo y tradición clásica, León., 2014, pp. 362 nº4.

Díez, J.L. (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado. Catálogo general., Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 375.

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Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2943.
2943. Id. de idm Dª Isabel la / Catolica, vestido carmesi y la mano / derecha sobre un libro colocado en una / mesa con tapete azul, y en la izquierda / el cetro. Luis de Madrazo. / Alto 8 Pies, 1 Pulg; Ancho 5 Pies, 1 Pulg. [Nota en rojo al margen derecho] Pasó al Museo de / Arte moderno

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1889. Núm. 162.

Inv. General del Museo de Arte Moderno, 1899-1902. Núm. 373.

Registros-Inventarios Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, 1900-1936. Núm. 33-M.

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Front, left side

Inscribed in red color. Front, lower left corner


Da Ysabel 1a
Scrap of paper. Back

Inscribed. Front, lower central area


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Crown / Wreath

Update date: 11-04-2021 | Registry created on 15-12-2015

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