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Ramiro II of León
Casado, Rufino
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Casado, Rufino

Madrid, doc. entre, 1852, 1880

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Ramiro II of León

1852. Oil on canvas. On display elsewhere

Ramiro II (c. 900-951) was a King of León. 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
Casado, Rufino
Ramiro II of León
Height: 222 cm; Width: 140 cm
Serie Cronológica de los Reyes de España
Royal Collection, 1852

Bibliography +

Orihuela, Mercedes, El ''Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Lugo. Diputación, Boletín del Museo del Prado, 8, 1987, pp. 202.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. 776.

Díez, José Luis, La pintura isabelina: arte y política / discurso leído... por José Luis Díez García y contestación por Carmen Iglesias, Real Academia de Historia, Madrid, 2010, pp. 59-70.

Díez, J.L (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado. Catálogo general., Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 125.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2970.
D. Rufino Casado. / 2970. Retrato de D. Ramiro 2º. / Viste cota de malla, tunica corta y manto carmesi; en la mano derecha el cetro, y la izquierda apoyada en el puño de la espada. / Alto 8 pies; Ancho 5 pies

Inscriptions +

R. Casado 1852
Signed and dated. Front, Lower right area

Front, lower left corner

D. RAMIRO II murio 950
Inscribed in black. Front, lower central area

Location +

Lugo - Diputación Provincial de Lugo (Deposit)

Displayed objects +


Cloak, Royal / Robes, Royal

Crown / Wreath

Update date: 24-12-2021 | Registry created on 08-04-2016

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