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Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain: Power, Femininity, and Portraiture in the Court of Felipe III
The elaborate portraits of Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain (1584–1611), by Juan Pantoja de la Cruz and Andrés López Polanco, are known for their depictions of the crown jewels and elegant clothing characteristic of Hapsburg portraiture. Yet this series, painted between 1605 and 1610, also presents Queen Margaret as a strong female ruler. Pantoja de la Cruz and Polanco portray the queen as both virtuous and feminine as well as politically cunning. This balance was particularly delicate within the contexts of dynastic factions, political alliances, and the rebirth of Spain’s royal portrait collection after it was destroyed in the 1604 fire at the Royal Palace.

Presented by Ross Karlan, World Languages Educator at the Geffen Academy, UCLA.

This presentation is part of the Edgar P. Richardson Lecture Series hosted by PORTAL, the Portrait Gallery's Scholarly Center.

Sep 29, 2020 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Ross Karlan, PhD
@Geffen Academy at UCLA