"This portrait of Isabella II of Spain was painted by Federico de Madrazo (Rome, 1815 - Madrid, 1894). Besides being the first court painter, he was also the director of the Prado Museum and director of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts, in Madrid. By 1855 he had become the best-known portrait artist in the world and he successfully exhibited his work in the Exposition Universelle held in Paris.
The portrait of the queen is just another example of the technical qualities of the painter’s drawings. The manner in which he studied the figures, capturing the psychology of their personality, is one of the characteristics that would make him famous."