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The Infanta María Luisa of Bourbon and Saxony
Tiepolo, Lorenzo
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Tiepolo, Lorenzo

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

Tiepolo, Lorenzo See author's file

The Infanta María Luisa of Bourbon and Saxony

1763. Pastel on paper.
Not on display

Smiling with a direct, vivacious expression, the Infanta faces the viewer in this half-length portrait. She wears ermine robes cheerfully adorned with silk at the neck and a fur cap. A parrot perches on her right hand. Her facial features match those of the Infanta María Luisa of Bourbon, born in Naples in 1745 to Charles III and Mary Amalia of Saxony. In 1765, she married Leopold of Lorraine, and in 1790 she became the Grand Duchess of Tuscany. She later became Empress of Austria and died in Vienna in 1792.

This portrait must have been one of a series of likenesses painted around 1763, as the Infanta appears to be around eighteen or nineteen years old. The parrot was appreciated for its exoticism in the 18th century and is symbolically related to marriage, so this portrait may have been painted on the occasion of her marriage. Along with D07435, D07438, D07420, D07421 and D07422, 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.

The Museo del Prado’s 1879 inventory does not identify the sitter in this work attributed to Domenico Tiepolo (Text drawn from Mena Marqués, M.: Catálogo de dibujos. VII. Dibujos italianos del siglo XVIII y del siglo XIX, Museo del Prado, 1990, p. 148).

Technical data

Inventory number
Tiepolo, Lorenzo
The Infanta María Luisa of Bourbon and Saxony
Height: 710 mm; Width: 595 mm
Royal Collection (transferred from the Royal Seat of La Isabela, Sacedón (Guadalajara) to the Royal Palace in Madrid, 1843)

Bibliography +

Mena Marqués, Manuela B., Dibujos italianos de los siglos XVII y XVIII en la Biblioteca Nacional, Ministerio de Cultura, Dirección, Madrid, 1984, pp. 148, nº 284.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. 530, n.1999.

Úbeda de los Cobos, A., Lorenzo Tiépolo, Museo Nacional del Prado. Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid, 1999, pp. 135.

Giandomenico Tiepolo y sus retratos de fantasía: el artista en la Corte, Banca March, 2014, pp. 59 f.29.

Roettgen, S, 'L. Tiepolo. Rittrato di Maria Luisa di Bourbon. Galleria degli Uffizi.' En, I nipoti del re di Spagna: Anton Raphael Mengs a Palazzo Pitti, Sillabe,, Livorno, 2017, pp. 80-83 (o.r).

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 1999.
''Tiepolo / 1999. Rtrato de señora (pastel) / Alto 2 pies, 5 pulg; ancho 2 pies, 1 pulg.''

Números descatalogados del inventario informático. Núm. P003215.
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. 23.
"Numeración Antigua 1999. [Numeración] Moderna 23. Retrato al pastel de una Señora con un lorito en la mano- A. Domingo Tiepolo- alto 0,70 por 0,60- marco dorado y cristal"

Inscriptions +

Frame, back

Infanta Gran Duquesa / de Toscana
Frame, back

Frame, back

Nº 2
Frame, back

Nº 3215
Frame, back

Exhibitions +

Their Majesties’ Retiring Room
09.04.2019 - 12.10.2021

Displayed objects +

Golden Fleece

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

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