The Infanta Catalina Micaela of Spain and Portugal, Duchess of Savoy
Portrayed in more than half-length, Catalina Micaela (1567-1597) wears an entirely black dress with lace collar and cuffs, inner sleeves of golden white and white ribbons. A double string of pearls, a necklace, worked golden buttons and a belt are her rich jewelry. As in other court portraits, she rests her hand on an armchair in allusion to her high birth, while the other holds a feminine object, in this case her gloves.
This is Sánchez Coello’s only portrait of the adult Infanta. Made shortly before she left for Savoy, it is one of the painter’s most-valued works. A gradual abandonment of meticulousness, the free and loose brushstrokes clearly visible in the hair and headdress, and the range of colors used on the face all reveal Titian’s influence.
Some authors attribute this painting to Sofonisba Anguissiola.
I’m so sorry for the late answer, I completely missed this question!
I don’t think there were any protestant royals during the reformation. I know that Juana I’s daughter Isabel (Carlos I, Holy Roman Emperor’s sister), who became Queen of Denmark after her marriage to Christian II, became interested in Protestantism after her husband’s exile. Christian wanted her to hide this as it could only upset her powerful family and he needed all the help he could receive. (Fun fact, after she died there were masses held in her honor in Spain, the Netherlands and Hungary)
(And to add insult to the injury Isabel of Austria was named after her maternal grandmother Isabel, the Catholic Queen ;) )
Portrait of Isabella of Portugal,Holy Roman Empress,attr to Joos van Cleve,c.1526
Jan van den Hoecke - Cardinal Infante Ferdinand, military commander of the Thirty years’ war, Infant of Spain and Portugal, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands
Wow! That woman was really beautiful (or the painter did her really beauitful).
Sofonisba Anguissola (who arrived in Spain as one of her mother’s ladies and stayed many years at court after her death so may have been partial to her) also painted a beautiful Catalina Micaela (El Prado lists this portrait as a Sánchez Coello work but acknowledges that some maintain this is Anguissola’s)
Catalina Micaela by SA:
415 years ago last month, on September 13, a 71 year old Felipe II died in the Monastery of El Escorial. The King had outlived his four wives and two of his four adult children.
Felipe II was born in 1556 in Valladolid, the son and heir of Carlos I of Spain, Holy Roman Emperor and Isabel of Portugal. During his life and until his death in 1598 he became Duke of Milan, King of Naples, King of Spain, Sicily and Sardinia, King of Portugal, Sovereign of the Low Countries, Count of Burgundy and Count of Charolais.
He was married four times to María Manuela of Portugal, Mary I of England, Isabel of Valois and Ana of Austria and four of his children reached adulthood (Carlos, Prince of Asturias, Isabel Clara Eugenia, Catalina Micaela and Felipe III)
Even though since his death the English and Protestant historiography has successfully painted him as a despotic fanatic, minimized his victories and magnified and appropriated his losses, he made Spain the first global Empire and the sentence “The sun doesn’t set on my dominions” is attributed to him.
Alonso Sánchez Coello, The infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia and Magdalena Ruiz (detail) c.1585–88