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Salvadora Torrá, widow of Camarón
López Portaña, Vicente
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López Portaña, Vicente

Valencia, 1772 - Madrid, 1850

López Portaña, Vicente See author's file

Salvadora Torrá, widow of Camarón

Ca. 1829. Pastel on paper.
Not on display

A bust study with a finished rendering of the head and a bare indication of the outline of the dress. The sitter appears to be about 65 years old. A braid holds the rest of her hair like a diadem, with curly locks hanging over her forehead. Two small earrings are her only adornment.

As first chamber painter, López took part in the appraisal of one of the elder Camarón’s canvases, and that is probably when he offered to paint doña Salvadora’s portrait as a present to a member of this family of artists from his own region. Thus, López’s friendship with his model, whom he undoubtedly know from his youth in Valencia -López had succeeded her father-in-law, José Camarón Bonanat (1731-1803), as director of the Academy of San Carlos- makes this superb portrait one of his most intimate depictions.


Technical data

Inventory number
López Portaña, Vicente
Salvadora Torrá, widow of Camarón
Ca. 1829
Height: 570 mm; Width: 450 mm
Mercedes Mariani, 1949; acquired from Julia Medoc, Madrid, 1952

Bibliography +

Sánchez Cantón, Las adquisiciones del Museo del Prado en los años 1952-1953, Archivo español de arte y arqueología, 27, 1954, pp. 10.

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas del siglo XIX, Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid, 1985, pp. 133.

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

Díez, José Luis, Vicente López: (1772-1850). Catálogo razonado, II, Fundación de Apoyo a la Historia del Arte Hispánico, Madrid, 1999, pp. 283.

Other inventories +

Inv. Dibujos siglo XIX, Casón del Buen Retiro. Núm. 866.

Números descatalogados del inventario informático. Núm. P002973.
Por indicación del Jefe de Área de Pintura del S. XIX se cambió su numeración

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 1787.
Autor, Vicente López / 1787. Asunto, Retrato al pastel de Dª Salvadora Jara de Camarón / Papel, 57 x 45 cms. / Nº del catalogo 2973. / Adquirido por el patronato del museo a Dª Julia Medoc, Vda. de Mariani, el 30 oct. 1952 en 20.000 ptas

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 29-11-2016

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