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Roca y Delgado, Mariano de la

Sevilla (Spain), 1825 - Madrid (Spain), 1872

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1853. Oil on canvas. On display elsewhere

Roderic was the Visigothic king in Hispania (710 - 711). 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
Roca y Delgado, Mariano de la
Height: 224 cm.; Width: 140 cm.
Serie Cronológica de los Reyes de España

Bibliography +

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

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. 782.

Orihuela Maeso, Mercedes y de Castro Sánchez, Mª Teresa, Presencia del Museo del Prado en el Congreso de los Diputados, Revista de las Cortes Generales, 73, 2008, pp. 478-479.

Díez, José Luis, La pintura isabelina: arte y política, Real Academia de Historia, 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. 510.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2994.
D. Mariano de la Roca. / 2994. Retrato del Rey Godo D. Rodrigo. / Lleva tunica corta amarilla, man /to carmesi, y los brazos cruzados. / Alto 8 pies; ancho 5 pies.

Inscriptions +

Mariano de la Roca / Año de 1853
Signed and dated. Front, lower left area

Inscribed in red color. Front, lower left corner

D. RODRIGO murió 714
Front, lower central area


There are no temporary exhibitions related to this work

Location +

Madrid - Congreso de los Diputados (Deposit)

Displayed objects +


Ceramic floor

Crown / Wreath

Update date: 16-01-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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