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María Dolores Aldama, Marchioness of Montelo
Oil on canvas. 1855
Madrazo y Kuntz, Federico de
María Dolores Aldama, Marchioness of Montelo
Oil on canvas. 1855
Madrazo y Kuntz, Federico de

This young aristocrat, portrayed in three-quarter length, stands posed before the viewer wearing a magnificent black satin and velvet dress trimmed with lace and ribbons, a close-fitting bodice and a full, domed skirt. Her hair is smoothed and parted, with braids wound around her ears and gathered in the back, held in place with a large, bejewelled pin and lace frill. She wears, at her neckline, a

Carolina Coronado
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1855
Madrazo y Kuntz, Federico de
Carolina Coronado
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1855
Madrazo y Kuntz, Federico de

The writer Carolina Coronado (1820-1911) was a leading Romantic poet and a staunch advocate of education for women. Her sensitive, melancholy nature is conveyed here with delicate precision. The meticulous draughtsmanship reflects Madrazo’s academic training, whilst the beautiful black tones of the shawl, like the austere palette, recall the traditions of seventeenthcentury Spanish painting.

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