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COELLO, Claudio

(Madrid, 1642-1693)

Portrait of Teresa Francisca Mudarra y Herrera

Oil on canvas

210 x 145,5 cm

c. 1690

Baroque (17th Century)

N.° inv. 69/49

Acquired in 1932


COELLO, Claudio on Online collection

The portrait of this lady, of strong yet refined features that express an extraordinary strength of character, is a highly significant example of late 17th-century court portraiture. Previously attributed to Juan Carreño de Miranda, this admirable canvas is almost certainly a work by Claudio Coello, as revealed by its emphasis on physicality, its emphatic shaping of the face and its precise definition of accessories, devoid of the sparkling touches characterising Carreño's technique.

The importance that the painter grants the pictorial space, suggested by the bright architectural construction in the background, and the pleasure he takes in depicting the luxurious accessories such as the lace on the dress, the curtain on the left and the rich red ceramic vase standing on the console table, are typical features in Coello's oeuvre. This painter, the last great representative of Baroque painting in Madrid, reconciles the solemn severity of his handling of the figure with a totally Baroque scenery and a rich sense of colour applied in bright patches. The lady is dressed in the fashion of the sixteen nineties.

Doña Teresa Francisca Mudarra y Herrera was the wife of don Juan de Larrea y Heredia, knight of Calatrava, lord of the House and Tower of Larrea in the administrative district of Zornoza, lordship of Biscay, lord of the Committee of War and Council of the Indies under the majesty of king Charles II of Spain, and secretary of State and Universal Dispatch.  [A.E.P.S.]

Selected bibliography:

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Jesús Barettini Fernández. Juan Carreño, Pintor de Cámara de Carlos II. Madrid : 1972, pp. 31, 105, 162.

Alfonso Emilio Pérez Sánchez. Juan Carreño de Miranda, 1614-1685. Madrid, Ayuntamiento de Avilés, 1985, pp. 89, 214, il. 119.

Carreño, Rizi, Herrera y la pintura madrileña de su tiempo, 1650-1700. [Cat. exp.]. Madrid : Ministerio de Cultura, 1986.

Edward J. Sullivan. Barroque painting in Madrid : the contribution of Claudio Coello with a catalogue raisonné of his works. Columbia : University of Missouri Press, 1986, p. 183.

Edward J. Sullivan. Claudio Coello y la pintura barroca madrileña. Madrid : Nerea, 1989, p. 226.

Juan José Luna. Tesoros del Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao : pintura, 1400-1939.  [Cat. exp.]. Madrid : El Viso, 1989, pp. 74-75, n. º 21.

Alfonso Emilio Pérez Sánchez. "En torno a Claudio Coello"en Archivo Español de Arte, nº 250. 1990, p. 151.

Capolavori dal Museo di Bellas Artes di Bilbao. [Cat. exp.]. Roma : Leonardo-De Luca, 1991, pp. 38-39, n.º 14.

Ana María Galilea Antón. Catalogación y estudio de los fondos de Pintura Española del Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao del siglo XIII al XVIII (de 1270 a 1700).[Tesis inédita]. Zaragoza : Universidad de Zaragoza, 1993, vol. I. pp. 1115-1121, vol. II. p. 642, il. 526.

Ana María Galilea Antón. "La colección de Pintura Española anterior a 1700 en el Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao" en Urtekaria 1994: asterlanak, albistak = Anuario 1994: estudios, crónicas. Bilbao : Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao = Bilboko Arte Ederretako Museoa, 1995, pp. 7- 42.

Spanyol Mestermüvek a Bilbaói Szépmüvészeti Múzeumból. [Cat. exp.]. Bilbao : Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao = Bilboko Arte Ederretako Museoa ; Banco Bilbao Vizcaya, 1996, pp. 108-110., n.º 21.

Fernando Checa Cremades. Velázquez, Bernini, Luca Giordano : le corti del Barroco. [Cat. exp.]. Milano : Skira, 2004.

Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez. Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao : guía. Bilbao : Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao = Bilboko Arte Ederretako Museoa, 2011 (1ª ed. 2006; ed. inglés; ed. francés; ed. euskera), p. 73, n.º 51, ad vocem.

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