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Arte incómodo: "Prince Alfonso as a Hunter", by Cécile Ferrère (1869) | Uninvited Guests

Work commented by Amaya Alzaga, Art Historian, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED).

The daughter of the Neoclassical portraitist and history painter Jean-Baptiste Guérin, Cécile Ferrère was a costumbrista painter who achieved some success. At the start of Isabella II’s exile in Paris, she painted this portrait of the future King Alfonso XII. Although the chiaroscuro and the attire of the prince, who wears the Golden Fleece, relate to some of the portraits of Charles II as a child, the pose seems to be inspired by Velázquez’s Prince Baltasar Carlos as a Hunter. Ferrère presented this portrait at the Paris Salon of 1869, where it was praised as a lively resemblance.

English and Spanish subtitles available.

This video is part of Arte incómodo, an Uninvited Guests video series. Uninvited Guests. Episodes on Women, Ideology and the Visual Arts in Spain (1833-1931) Exhibition (10/6/2020 - 3/14/2021)