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Vera y Estaca, Alejo
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Vera y Estaca, Alejo

Viñuelas, Guadalajara (Spain), 1834 - Madrid (Spain), 1923

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Ca. 1856. Oil on canvas. On display elsewhere

Wallia was Visigothic King of Hispania (415-418). 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
Vera y Estaca, Alejo
Ca. 1856
Height: 225 cm; Width: 140 cm
Serie Cronológica de los Reyes de España
Royal Collection, 1856

Bibliography +

Ossorio y Bernard, M., Galería biográfica de artistas españoles del Siglo XIX, Giner, Madrid, 1975, pp. 693.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. 788.

El ''Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Extremadura. I. Cáceres. Museo de Cáceres, Boletín del Museo del Prado, 17, 1999, pp. 164.

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

Díez, J.L. (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado. Catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 581.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 3018.
3018. Retrato del Rey Godo Walia. / Lleva armadura, manto rojo y en la / mano izquierda una hacha. / Alto 8 pies; ancho 5 pies

Inscriptions +

Alejo Vera
Signed. Front, lower right corner


Walia murió 420
Front, lower area

Location +

Cáceres - Diputación Provincial de Cáceres. Complejo Cultural San Francisco (Deposit)

Displayed objects +

Weapons / Arms

Crown / Wreath

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 08-04-2016

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