“Portrait of the Infanta of Catalina Michaela of Austria,” Coelho – description
- Posted by Alonso Sanchez Coelho
- Museum: Hermitage
- Year: Between 1582-1585
Overview of the painting :
Portrait of the infanta of Catalina Michaela of Austria – Alonso Sanchez Coelho. Between 1582-1585. Oil on canvas. 70×50
The court artist Alonso Sanchez Coelho (about 1531-1588) is the founder of the Spanish ceremonial portrait. The characters of his paintings are static, they are traditionally restrained and slightly arrogant.
Catalina Michaela was the youngest daughter of the King of Spain, Philip II. The presented portrait shows a very young, about sixteen years old, girl on a strict dark background. She is cold and calm, as expected by the rules of court etiquette. A starched lace collar, heavy robe, embroidered with gold and silver, fetter movements, but carefully written details of the costume are combined with a complete characteristic of the model. Behind the external isolation, the artist was able to see the grace and charming female grace.
Having married Karl Emanuel I of Savoy, the infanta forever left her homeland. Having given birth to ten children for her husband, Catalina Michaela died, barely reaching thirty years of age.