Inventory number
P04625
Author
Rosales Gallina, Eduardo (Spanish)
Title
Queen Isabel la Católica dictating her last Will and Testament
Chronology
1864
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
290 cm x 400 cm
School
Española
Theme
Historia
On display
Yes
Provenance
Nuevas Adquisiciones Museo de la Trinidad, 1865; Museo de Arte Moderno.

Rosales depicts the moment when the Catholic Queen dictates her last will and testament at Medina del Campo on 12 October 1504, just days before she died. Isabel stands out in a royal chamber almost in darkness, in a canopy bed, with a medal of the Order of Saint James on her bosom. The white sheets contrast with the muted colors of the other personages. The only note of color is the red robe of a grieving King Fernando, whose daughter, Juana, is at his side. Cisneros, in his Cardinal's clothing, is recognizable among the other figures.

This work was painted by Rosales during his stay in Rome. Following a profound reflection as to the best historical subject to depict, he made one of the finest historical works in all of Spanish painting. It recalls the atmospheric realism of Velasquez's works, giving the setting a rather vaporous aspect. The confident lines, the quality of the textures, and the perfect composition —with the brightly lit queen as the work's main point— show the degree of pictorial commitment attained by Rosales in this work.

It was acquired on 22 February 1865 and later moved to the Museum of Modern Art.

 

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