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Witiza
Iglesias y Domínguez, Manuel
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Iglesias y Domínguez, Manuel

Madrid, 1853

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Witiza

Ca. 1853. Oil on canvas.
On display elsewhere

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
P007306
Author
Iglesias y Domínguez, Manuel
Title
Witiza
Date
Ca. 1853
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 222 cm; Width: 140 cm
Series
Serie Cronológica de los Reyes de España

Bibliography +

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

Orihuela Maeso, Mercedes y de Castro Sánchez, Mª Teresa, Presencia del Museo del Prado en el Congreso de los Diputados, Revista de las Cortes Generales, 73, 2008, pp. 476-477.

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

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2999.
D. Manuel Iglesias. / 2999. Retrato del Rey godo Witiza. / Con tunica corta blanca, manto carmesi; con la mano izquierda coje el manto y la espada. / Alto 8 pies; Ancho 5 pies

Location +

Madrid - Congreso de los Diputados (Deposit)

Displayed objects +

Weapons / Arms

Crown / Wreath

Jewels

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 16-03-2016

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