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Montañés y Pérez, Bernardino
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Montañés y Pérez, Bernardino

Zaragoza (Spain), 1825 - Zaragoza (Spain), 1893

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1856. 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.

Technical data

Inventory number
Montañés y Pérez, Bernardino
Height: 222 cm; Width: 140 cm
Serie Cronológica de los Reyes de España
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

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

El ''Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Zaragoza. Edificio de la Antigua Capitanía General de la IV Región Militar, Boletín del Museo del Prado, 16, Madrid, 1995, pp. 82.

Hispanía Gothorum San Ildefonso y el reino visigodo de Toledo, Empresa pública ''Don Quijote de la Mancha 2005'', 2007.

Díez, José Luis, La pintura isabelina, arte y política, Real Academia de Historia, Madrid, 2010, pp. 59-70.

Díez, José Luis (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado: catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 418.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2996.
D. Bernardino Montañes. / 2996. Retrato del rey godo Sisenando. / Viste trage amarillo, manto carmesi; en la mano derecha tiene la espada, y la izquierda apoyada en el costado. /Alto 8 pies; ancho 5 pies.

Inscriptions +

B. Mont.s / 1855
Signed and dated. Front, Lower right area

Inscribed in red color. Front, lower left corner

SISENANDO murio 635
Inscribed in dark color. Front, lower central area

Exhibitions +

Hispania Gothorum. San Ildefonso y el reino visigodo de Toledo
23.01.2007 - 30.06.2007

Location +

Zaragoza - Universidad de Zaragoza (Deposit)

Displayed objects +

Shield / Coat of Arms


Update date: 28-01-2022 | Registry created on 11-03-2016

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