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The Painter Carlos Luis de Ribera
Madrazo y Kuntz, Federico de
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Madrazo y Kuntz, Federico de

Rome (Italy), 1815 - Madrid (Spain), 1894

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The Painter Carlos Luis de Ribera

1839. Oil on canvas.
Room 062A

Carlos Luis de Ribera y Fievé, eldest son of the neoclassical painter, Juan Antonio de Ribera, was also a painter and a friend of Federico de Madrazo, who made this portrait while both lived in Paris. It is the result of an agreement that each would paint the image of the other, and then send the works to the annual painting exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid. This is one of the finest of Federico de Madrazo´s early portraits and it follows a model that was often used by French artists such as David, Ingres or Delaroche. The model´s pose, which Madrazo was to repeat in other portraits, manages to give the personage a strongly romantic character, which is reinforced by the cape that hides the armchair. The memory of the Spanish tradition is also present and can be seen in the resolution of the folds with broad brushstrokes, as well as the perfect capturing of the model´s spirit. In keeping with this skill found in the great masters, madrazo perfectly reflects Ribera´s rather melancholy character.


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Inventory number
Madrazo y Kuntz, Federico de
The Painter Carlos Luis de Ribera
Height: 92 cm; Width: 73 cm
Juan Antonio de Ribera Collection; Félix Boix Collection; private collection, Madrid; Acquisition, 2002

Bibliography +

González López, Carlos, Federico de Madrazo y Kuntz, Subirana, Barcelona, 1981, pp. nº51.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Memoria de actividades 2002, Madrid, 2003, pp. 68.

Museo Nacional del Prado, El retrato español: del Greco a Picasso, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 368.

Diez, J.L; Barón, J., El siglo XIX en el Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2007, pp. 167 / lám. 23.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Effigies amicorum : retratos de artistas por Federico de Madrazo, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2015, pp. Folleto de exposición.

Díez, J.L. (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado. Catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 363.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2601.

Inscriptions +

F. de Madrazo / Paris 1839
Signed and dated. Front, lower right corner

Inscribed in black. Front, upper left area

Exhibitions +

Effigies amicorum. Portraits of Artists by Federico de Madrazo
22.09.2015 - 27.03.2016

El Siglo XIX en el Prado
31.10.2007 - 20.04.2008

The Spanish Portrait: From El Greco to Picasso
20.10.2004 - 06.02.2005

Location +

Room 062A (On Display)

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

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