Queen Victoria Eugenia by Ricardo Macarrón, 1967
“I was shaking all over. Her presence was imposing, her movements, her gestures. Usually, all those (royal) portraits suppose a strain, but I have never seen anything like her”
Macarrón, who made numerous royal portraits (five generations of the Spanish Roya Family, Monaco’s Princess Grace or Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret from the United Kingdom among others), had this to say of the old Queen in 2001.
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.
Federico de Madrazo: La Infanta Luisa Fernanda. Luisa Fernanda, Infanta of Spain and sister of Isabella II. She married Antoine d’Orléans, Duke of Montpensier, the youngest son of Louis Philippe. During the revolution of 1868, Montpensier supported the opponents of his sister-in-law, hoping to ascend to the throne. However, he dilapidated any possibility when he fought a duel against the Infante Enrique - brother of the consort king - and killed him. Montpensier was convicted and sentenced to prison. Obviously, the relationship between the two sisters had become by then very tense.
The Spanish parliament later chose Amadeo of Savoy as the new king. Montpensier and his family were exiled, but returned in 1874.
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:
Dowager Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain by Ricardo Macarrón, 1967