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The Infante Don Gabriel of Bourbon
Tiepolo, Lorenzo
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Tiepolo, Lorenzo

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

Tiepolo, Lorenzo See author's file

The Infante Don Gabriel of Bourbon

1763. Pastel on paper.
Not on display

Turned halfway to the left, the sitter looks out at the viewer in this half-length portrait. He holds his hat in his left hand and, in his gloved right hand, the other glove. The insignias of the Golden Fleece and the Order of Saint Gennaro hang on his chest. F. J. Sánchez Cantón quotes a document from January 10, 1763, that expressly mentions Lorenzo Tiepolo as painting a portrait of the Infante Gabriel that year, along with one of his brother, Carlos, Prince of Asturias. The Infante Gabriel, born in Naples in 1752, was eleven years old in 1763, and that is his apparent age in the present likeness. This work was attributed to Domenico Tiepolo or the French School in the Museo del Prado’s 1857 inventory, but J. Ezquerra del Bayo correctly assigned it to Lorenzo and identified it as the Infante Gabriel, which was accepted by M. Precerutti-Garberi. It is unquestionably one of the most delicate and vivid of the entire series, as the artist conveys the fine sensitivity and intelligence of don Gabriel, the most cultivated of Charles II’s children.

Along with D07435, D07428, D07438, D07420 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 (Text drawn from Mena Marqués, M.: Catálogo de dibujos. VII. Dibujos italianos del siglo XVIII y del siglo XIX, Museo del Prado, 1990, p. 149).

Technical data

Inventory number
Tiepolo, Lorenzo
The Infante Don Gabriel of Bourbon
Height: 710 mm; Width: 600 mm
Royal Collection (transferred from the Royal Seat of La Isabela, Sacedón (Guadalajara) to the Royal Palace in Madrid, 1843)

Bibliography +

Ezquerra del Bayo, Joaquin, Casas Reales de España. Retratos de Niños. Los Hijo..., II, Junta de Iconografia Nacional, Madrid, 1926, pp. lám.16.

Precerruti Garberi, M., Il terzo dei Tiepolo, BRUCKMANNS PANTHEON: INTERNATIONALE JAHRESZEITSCHRIFT FUR KUNST, 25, 1967, pp. 46.

Mena Marqués, Manuela, Catálogo de Dibujos. Vol. VII. Dibujos italianos del Siglo XVIII y XIX, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1990, pp. 149, nº 286.

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

Úbeda de los Cobos, A., Lorenzo Tiépolo, Museo Nacional del Prado. Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid, 1999, pp. 138.

Giandomenico Tiepolo y sus retratos de fantasía: el artista en la Corte, Banca March, 2014, pp. 58.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 1959.
''Tiepolo / 1959. Retrato de un infante con un sombrero en la mano. (pastel). Alto 2 pies, 5 pulg; ancho 2 pies, 1 pulg.''

Números descatalogados del inventario informático. Núm. P003020.
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. 52.
"Numeración Antigua 1959. [Numeración] Moderna 52. Retrato al pastel de un personage niño desconocido con el sombrero en la mano y banda roja. A. desconocido [tachado= Domingo Tiepolo] Escuela francesa alto 0,70 ancho 0,59. marco dorado con cristal"

Exhibitions +

Their Majesties’ Retiring Room
09.04.2019 - 12.10.2021

Displayed objects +

Insignia of the Royal Order of Saint Genaro

Golden Fleece



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

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