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Pla y Gallardo, Cecilio
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Pla y Gallardo, Cecilio

Valencia, 1859 - Madrid, 1934

Pla y Gallardo, Cecilio See author's file


1892. Oil on canvas. Room 062A

Depicting himself without the tools of his profession, Pla is accompanied by portraits of his aunt and his mother and a terracotta bust of his father. These family images imply a homage to his parents, a concept frequently expressed in self-portraits by other artists of this period. The copy of Prince Baltasar Carlos on Horseback by Velázquez, which also appears in a prominent position in some photographs of Pla’s studio, reveals his admiration for that artist, whom he often studied in the Prado.

Technical data

Inventory number
Pla y Gallardo, Cecilio
Height: 75 cm; Width: 100 cm
Acquired by the State, for the Prado Museum, 2018

Bibliography +

Exposición Internacional de Bellas Artes, Catálogo de la Exposición Internacional de Bellas Artes 1892, Establecimiento tipográf. de R. Álvarez, Madrid, 1892, pp. .nº cat.939 (consignado como “Retrato de C.P.G.”, con medidas erróneas).

Díez, J.L, Artistas pintados: retratos de pintores y escultores del siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado, Ministerio de Educación y Cultura, Dirección General de Bellas Artes y Bienes Culturales, Madrid, 1997, pp. 190 nº 61.

Perez Rojas, Francisco Javier, Cecilio Pla, Fundacion Maphre Vida, 1998.

Martínez Plaza, P.J, 'Cecilio Pla. Autorretrato' En: Museo Nacional del Prado. Memoria de actividades 2019, Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte,, 2020, pp. 48-50.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2988.

Inscriptions +

Cecilio Pla 1892
Signed and dated. Front, lower right corner

Location +

Room 062A (On Display)

Update date: 25-11-2021 | Registry created on 02-03-2019

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