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Silo of Asturias
Cano de la Peña, Eduardo
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Cano de la Peña, Eduardo

Madrid, 1823 - Sevilla, 1897

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Silo of Asturias

1853. Oil on canvas. On display elsewhere

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. Silo was the king of Asturias from 774 to 783.

Technical data

Inventory number
Cano de la Peña, Eduardo
Silo of Asturias
Height: 224 cm; Width: 140 cm
Serie Cronológica de los Reyes de España
Royal Collection, 1852

Bibliography +

Espinós, A.; Orihuela, M. y Royo Villanova, M. [et al.], ''El Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Asturias. Covadonga. Basílica, Boletín del Museo del Prado, VI, 1985, pp. 115.

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

Remis Fernández, J., Las pinturas del Prado en Covadonga, La Nueva España. Oviedo, LXXII, 2008-01-30.

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. 118.

Barón, Javier, 'Apéndices al catálogo. Retratos de la Serie Cronológica de los Reyes de España depositados en el Museo de Covadonga' En: Museo de Covadonga. Catálogo de sus colecciones, Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson, Madrid, 2018, pp. 371-403 [384 -386 SC7].

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2986.
D. Eduardo Cano. / 2986. Retrato del Rey de Asturias D. Silo. / Viste tunica blanca, manto carmesi y la mano izquierda en el puño de la espada, y sobre una mesa el cetro y la corona. / Alto 8 pies; Ancho 5 pies.

Inscriptions +

E. CANO 1853
Signed and dated. Front, lower left corner

Inscribed in red color. Front, lower left corner

D. SILO murio 783
Front, lower central area

Location +

Covadonga - Museo de Covadonga (Deposit)

Displayed objects +

Cloak, Royal / Robes, Royal


Crown / Wreath

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 08-04-2016

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