This magnificent court portrait of Queen Isabella II of Spain was painted by Federico de Madrazo, one of the most significant portrait artists of the Spanish Romantic Period. The artist established a unique, official royal portrait style, and the prototype became universal. / The Queen, portrayed as a quiet and tempered ruler, is accompanied by royal attributes such as the crown, the sceptre and the ermine. / Federico de Madrazo, born in an artistic family, was a court painter but also served as the Director of the Museo del Prado. His works are precise, based on studied drawings, with fine brushstrokes and the perfect hue of colour.


  • Title: Isabella II
  • Creator: Federico de Madrazo
  • Creator Lifespan: Rome, 1815 - Madrid, 1894
  • Creator Nationality: Spanish
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Madrid, Spain
  • Creator Birth Place: Rome, Italy
  • Date Created: 1849
  • Physical Dimensions: w108 x h148 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Museo Nacional del Romanticismo
  • External Link: CERES
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Signature: F. M. 1849.
  • Cultural Context: Spanish Romanticism

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