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Infantas Isabel Clara Eugenia and Catalina Micaela
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1575
Sánchez Coello, Alonso
Infantas Isabel Clara Eugenia and Catalina Micaela
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1575
Sánchez Coello, Alonso

Philip II’s two daughters Isabel Clara Eugenia (1566-1633) and Catalina Micaela (1567-1597), were repeatedly portrayed from the time they were very small by Alonso Sánchez Coello, one of the king’s court painters. Those likenesses had the characteristics of court portraits, reflecting not only the sitters’ features and their royal context, but also the type of society and state being depict

Bermudo I of Asturias
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1852
Lozano, Isidoro
Bermudo I of Asturias
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1852
Lozano, Isidoro

Bermudo I, called the Deacon or the Monk (c. 750-797), was the King of Asturias from 788 or 789 until his abdication in 791. 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 su

Witteric
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1859
Soriano Murillo, Benito
Witteric
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1859
Soriano Murillo, Benito

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

John II of Castile
Oil on canvas. 1848
Prats y Velasco, Francisco
John II of Castile
Oil on canvas. 1848
Prats y Velasco, Francisco

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

The Virgin and Child adored by Saint Louis, King of France
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1665
Coello, Claudio
The Virgin and Child adored by Saint Louis, King of France
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1665
Coello, Claudio

Surrounded by angels, the Holy Family, with Saint Elizabeth and the infant Saint John, receive Saint Louis, King of France. The background combines architecture and curtains. This work is organized like a large stage set, using the infant Saint John and an adjacent lamb to invite the viewer to participate. The dynamic and complex composition with its brilliant and expansive colors recalls models f

Series of the Conquest of Mexico
Oil, Shell work on canvas mounted on panel, panel. 1698
González, Juan; González, Miguel
Series of the Conquest of Mexico
Oil, Shell work on canvas mounted on panel, panel. 1698
González, Juan; González, Miguel

This panel inlaid with mother-of-pearl executed in New Spain is part of a group of twenty-four pieces that narrate the capture of Mexico.

The Triumph of David
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Poussin, Nicolas
The Triumph of David
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Poussin, Nicolas

In an architectural setting, a winged Victory crowns David with a laurel wreath. The latter holds his sword with one hand and looks directly at Goliath´s decapitated head, which rests on some pieces of armor. Three putti complete the group. One of them plays an instrument while another hands Victory the royal crown destined for David. This image alludes to a passage from the Old Testament (Samuel

Sancho Garcés IV of Sobrarbe
Oil on canvas. 1862
Miranda y Rendón, Manuel
Sancho Garcés IV of Sobrarbe
Oil on canvas. 1862
Miranda y Rendón, Manuel

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

King David
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1650
Ríes, Ignacio de
King David
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1650
Ríes, Ignacio de

De Ríes was Zurbarán’s assistant in the late 1630s and continued to follow his master’s style as an independent painter. One of his finest works from the latter period is this King David. From Zurbarán, Ríes derived the practice of locating the biblical characters in the foreground against a dark background and a preference for a precise, painstaking description of the

Henry III of Castile, the Mourne
Oil on canvas. 1848
Ortega Matamoros, Calixto
Henry III of Castile, the Mourne
Oil on canvas. 1848
Ortega Matamoros, Calixto

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

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, possibly a portrait of Catherine of Austria
Oil on panel. Ca. 1530
Carvalho, Domingo
Saint Catherine of Alexandria, possibly a portrait of Catherine of Austria
Oil on panel. Ca. 1530
Carvalho, Domingo

Although the crown, sword and serrated wheel identifies this figure as the fourth-century saint, Catherine, it has also been suggested that the sitter is Catherine of Austria (1507-1578), daughter of Philip the Fair and Joan of Castile and Queen of Portugal from 1525. She wears a sumptuous and elaborately painted court dress painted with a markedly decorative intent. Signed on the sword, this is t

Sancho III of Castile
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1851
Castelaro y Perea, José
Sancho III of Castile
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1851
Castelaro y Perea, José

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

Chindasuinth
Oil on canvas. 1854
Barroeta y Anguisolea, Juan de
Chindasuinth
Oil on canvas. 1854
Barroeta y Anguisolea, Juan de

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

The judgement of Paris
Oil on canvas. 1650 - 1660
Albani, Francesco
The judgement of Paris
Oil on canvas. 1650 - 1660
Albani, Francesco

Francesco Albani was a much favoured pupil of Annibale Carracci. His success was partially due to mythological paintings such as The toilet of Venus (P1) and The judgement of Paris (P2), whose refined and lyrical view of nature helped disseminate the classical ideals of the Carracci`s landscapes.Albani`s The judgement of Paris, c.1650-60, shows the shepherd prince admiring the beauty of three godd

The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine
Oil on canvas. 1660
Cerezo, Mateo
The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine
Oil on canvas. 1660
Cerezo, Mateo

The wheel by the figure’s feet, her palm of martyrdom and crown identify her as Saint Catherine who received the wedding ring from the Infant Christ in reward for her virtue. The basket in the foreground demonstrates Cerezo’s outstanding abilities as a still-life painter.

Queen Isabella the Catholic
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1848
Madrazo y Kuntz, Luis de
Queen Isabella the Catholic
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1848
Madrazo y Kuntz, Luis de

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

Series of the Conquest of Mexico
Oil, Shell work on canvas mounted on panel, panel. 1698
González, Juan; González, Miguel
Series of the Conquest of Mexico
Oil, Shell work on canvas mounted on panel, panel. 1698
González, Juan; González, Miguel

This panel inlaid with mother-of-pearl executed in New Spain is part of a group of twenty-four pieces that narrate the capture of Mexico.

Ferdinand the Catholic
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1848
Montañés y Pérez, Bernardino
Ferdinand the Catholic
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1848
Montañés y Pérez, Bernardino

Ferdinand II of Aragon, called the Catholic (1452-1516). 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

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