Amalia de Llano y Dotres, Condesa de Vilches
Amalia de Llano y Dotres, Condesa de Vilches (Amalia de Llano, a Spanish countess and author) c1853 by Spanish-Italian Painter Federico de Madrazo y Kuntz (1815 – 1894); also a lithographer, writer and politician.
This is a wonderful portrait of the Spanish countess and writer Amalia de Llano (1822 – 1874); who was a significant figure of the Spanish cultural life of 19th century Madrid.
She was born into the wealthy bourgeoisie family of Ramón de Llano y Chávarri and Pilar Dotres y Gibert; and when her father passed away, her mother married the IX Marquis of Almonacid de los Oteros; Francisco Falcó y Valcárcel, which moved the family into the circles of the aristocracy.
When she was 17 years old, Amalia married Gonzalo Vilches y Parga (1808 – 1879), the Viscount of La Cervanta; and in 1848 Queen Isabel II ennobled her husband, which elevated hime to the dignity of Count of Vilches; this then made her the Viscountess of La Cervanta as well as the Countess of Vilches.
This portrait of Amalia has her sitting in a room with a large mirror on the wall to her left, in a beautifully carved wooden chair with a high back with elaborately floral embroidered padding.
She is wearing a blue ruffled dress with a white undergarment with a gold wrap bracelet on her right forearm, a chained and jeweled bracelet on her left wrist as well as a pearl ring with a gold band on the fourth finger of her left hand in which she is holding a large feathered hand fan.
She is resting her right cheek on the fingers of her right hand that are held upwards to her face; and behind her just over the arm of the chair is a deep red cape with a white silk lining and gold decorative trim along its perimeter.
Amalia de Llano y Dotres, Condesa de Vilches is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.
Information Below Derived From Wikipedia.org
Federico was born in Rome to José de Madrazo y Agudo (1781 – 1859), a painter and former Director of the Prado Museum; and was part of a line of great artists, that included his grandfather on his mother side; Tadeusz Kuntze (1733 – 1793), a Polish painter.
Other members of this creative family include his brothers, who were the painter Luis de Madrazo (1825 – 1897), Pedro de Madrazo (1816 – 1898), an art critic and Juan de Madrazo (1829 – 1880), an architect.
Among Federico’s his children were the painter Ricardo de Madrazo (1851 – 1917), Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta (1841 – 1920) and Cecilia de Madrazo y Garreta (1846 – 1932) who married the great Orientalist artist, Marià Fortuny (1838 – 1874).
The Madrazo family has been described as one of the most important painting Spanish painting dynasties of the 19th century; which completely dominated painting in Spain during that period.
Federico began taking artistic lesson from his father, and while still attending the Royal Academy of San Fernando, painted his first picture The Resurrection of Christ c1829; which was purchased by Queen Christina.
Soon after that painting he created Achilles in his Tent, and after that presented to the Academy The Continence of Scipio, which secured him admission as a member “for merit”.
Three years later Federico left for Paris where he studied on the Franz Winterhalter and painted portraits of Baron Taylor and Ingres (a French Neoclassical Painter).
In 1837 he received a commission to create a painting for the gallery at Versailles, for which he painted “Godfrey de Bouillon proclaimed King of Jerusalem”; soon afterwards he returned to Rome and took on projects creating portraits for the Spanish Aristocracy.