Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain: Power, Femininity and Portraiture in the Court of Felipe III
Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 5:00 p.m. EST
Online via Zoom
Join Ross Karlan, world languages educator at the Geffen Academy at UCLA, as he examines a series of portraits of Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain (1584–1611) by Juan Pantoja de la Cruz and Andrés López Polanco. This series, painted between 1605 and 1910, is known for its elaborate representations of Queen Margaret in her crown jewels and elegant clothing. However, the portraits also represent the queen as a strong female ruler. Pantoja de la Cruz and Polanco portray her 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 fire at the Royal Palace in 1604. This presentation is part of the Edgar P. Richardson Lecture Series, which is hosted by PORTAL, the Portrait Gallery's Scholarly Center. The Edgar P. Richardson Lecture Series takes place biennially and is made possible by the generous support of the Edgar P. Richardson Fund.