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The Infanta María Josefa of Bourbon
Tiepolo, Lorenzo
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Tiepolo, Lorenzo

Venice (Italy), 1736 - Madrid (Spain), 1776

Tiepolo, Lorenzo See author's file

The Infanta María Josefa of Bourbon

1763. Pastel on paper.
Not on display

The Infanta faces the viewer with a melancholy expression in this half-length work. Her dress recalls 17th-century clothing, with a lace collar and cut sleeves under brocade and ermine robes. Her jewelry consists of a sumptuous pearl necklace, red-stone earrings and a small pearl adornment on her powdered hairdo. She holds a small dog in her hands.

The sitter’s fine features and aquiline nose match those of María Josefa of bourbon, born to Charles III and María Amalia of Saxony in Gaeta in 1744. A spinster, she died in Madrid in 1801. Here, she appears to be about nineteen or twenty years old, which coincides with the date of this series of pastels from around 1763. Her oil portrait by Mengs at the Casita del Príncipe dates from around the same year.

Along with D7428, D7438, D7420, D7421 and D7422, this must be one of the portraits attributed to one of Tiepolo’s sons, mentioned in the 1794 Inventory of the New Palace in Madrid (Text drawn from Mena Marqués, M.: Catálogo de dibujos. VII. Dibujos italianos del siglo XVIII y del siglo XIX, Museo del Prado, 1990, p. 147).

Technical data

Inventory number
Tiepolo, Lorenzo
The Infanta María Josefa of Bourbon
Height: 710 mm; Width: 600 mm
Proyecto de Sala de Retratos de los Reyes de la Casa de Austria y Borbón, Real Museo
Royal Collection (transferred from the Royal Seat of La Isabela, Sacedón (Guadalajara) to the Royal Palace in Madrid, 1843; from the Royal Palace to the Royal Museum, 1847)

Bibliography +

Mena Marqués, Manuela, Museo del Prado: catálogo de dibujos, VII, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1990, pp. 147, nº 283.

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''. Levantamientos definitivos, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XVII, 1999, pp. 169.

Úbeda de los Cobos, A., Lorenzo Tiépolo, Museo Nacional del Prado. Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid, 1999, pp. 136.

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

Giandomenico Tiepolo y sus retratos de fantasía: el artista en la Corte, Banca March, 2014, pp. 59 f.28.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2790.
2790. Retrato de una señora pintada al pastel con marco dorado y cristal. / Alto 2 pies, 7 pulg; ancho 2 pies.

Números descatalogados del inventario informático. Núm. P004138.
Por indicación del Jefe de Área de Pintura del S. XIX se cambió su numeración

Inv. General, Sección 3ª. Dibujos, grabados, acuarelas y miniaturas, 1879. Núm. 125.
"Numeracion Antigua 1952. [Numeración] Moderna 125. Retrato al pastel de Dª. Mª. Amalia de Sajonia. Tiene un perrito en la mano - A. Escuela francesa alto 0,68 ancho 0,52. marco dorado y cristal-"

Inscriptions +

Scrap of paper. Back

Infanta Dña / María Josefa
Frame, back

Nº 4138
Frame, back

Nº 6
Frame, back

Frame, back

Exhibitions +

Their Majesties’ Retiring Room
09.04.2019 - 12.10.2021

Displayed objects +


Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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