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Sancha of León
Gutiérrez de la Vega López, Joaquín
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Gutiérrez de la Vega López, Joaquín

Granada, 1830 - ¿?, 1886

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Sancha of León

Ca. 1851. Oil on canvas.
On display elsewhere

Sancha of León was a princess and queen of León (1018-1067). 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
Gutiérrez de la Vega López, Joaquín
Sancha of León
Ca. 1851
Height: 223 cm; Width: 140 cm
Serie Cronológica de los Reyes de España
Royal Collection, 1851

Bibliography +

Espinós, Adela; Orihuela, Mercedes y Royo Villanova, Mercedes, ''El Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Madrid. II. Convento de San Pascual, Boletín del Museo del Prado, I, 1980, pp. 106.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990.

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. 247.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, Adiciones, 1857-1870. Núm. 3041.
3041 Retrato de la Reyna de Leon Dª / Sancha, de Gutierrez de la Vega. / Alto 8 pies; Ancho 5 pies

Inscriptions +

Front, lower left corner

Location +

Madrid - Palacio Arzobispal de Madrid (Deposit)

Displayed objects +

Crown / Wreath

Dress / Courtly o Clothing/Courtly

Update date: 16-02-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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