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Portrait of Infante Ferdinand of Spain
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Portrait of Infante Ferdinand of Spain


Description Conservation Provenance Credit
Description Ferdinand of Spain (1571-1577) was the son of Philip II of Spain and a half-brother of Archduchess Isabella, near whose portrait in the Walters' Chamber of Wonders this portrait hangs.Ferdinand still wears a skirt, so he must be no more than about four years old. He would soon transition to adult male pants. Coello trained in Brussels and spent much of his career in Philip's service. A portrait by Coello of Ferdinand in a green coat with a pet bird was in the king's estate; this is that painting or a version made for a relative such as Isabella.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
1/01/1900Examinationexamined for condition
9/09/1957Treatmentcoated; examined for condition; inpainted; varnish removed or reduced
11/27/1970Treatmentloss compensation; coated
9/06/1991Examinationexamined for condition; inpainted; varnish removed or reduced; x-ray
Provenance Phillip II of Spain, by commission (?); Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, July 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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Period
ca. 1574 (Renaissance)
Medium
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.551
Measurements
H: 22 7/8 x W: 18 1/4 in. (58 x 46.3 cm)
Geographies
  • Spain, Madrid (Place of Origin)
  • Belgium, Brussels (Place of Origin)

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