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Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain
Oil on canvas. 1607
Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan
Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain
Oil on canvas. 1607
Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan

Margaret of Austria married Philip III in 1599 after Philip II chose her from among the women of the Austria-Styria family. The marriage was planned to coincide with that of infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia and archduke Albert. Margaret was born in 1584 and when she arrived in Spain in April 1599, she had already been married by power of attorney in Ferrara. She was known for her discretion and virtue

Margaret of Austria
Oil on canvas. 1606
Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan
Margaret of Austria
Oil on canvas. 1606
Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan

Margaret, who married Philip III in 1599, was the daughter of the Archduke of Bavaria. In this portrait by Pantoja de la Cruz -the most representative painter of the reign- she wears the so-called “Rich jewel”, a dynastic heirloom comprising the diamond known as “El estanque” (The Pool) and the famous large pearl known as “La peregrina” (The Pilgrim).

The Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia
Oil on canvas. 1598 - 1599
Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan
The Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia
Oil on canvas. 1598 - 1599
Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan

Isabel Clara Eugenia (1566-1633), King Philip II’s mostbeloved daughter, boasts fine robes and an “upper-crust” and highly-fashionable coiffure. She is standing, with just over half her body visible, her gloved left hand on the back of a chair, holding a miniature of her by-then elderly father in her right hand. This miniature, beside expressing her emotional bond with her father, is also intended

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