Queen Saint Isabel Altarpiece Notebook - Museu Nacional Machado de Castro
Stapled plain notebook, A5, 48 pages, printed softcover, inspired by a detail of an oil painting on oak wood, of small dimensions, inserted in a gilded wooden frame, which composes a small devotional altarpiece in praise of Saint Isabel, Princess of Aragon and Queen of Portugal.
In the painting, of unknown author and dated 1540-1550, the crowned Queen appears in the foreground with her full body, in a frontal and centralised position, while in an intermediate plane there is a large courtyard where several figures are watching and venerating Saint Isabel who, kneeling, washes the feet of a beggar girl, in an allusion to her devotion to the poor. In the background, another scene takes place, the "Miracle of the Roses": the Queen Isabel, while taking money to the beggars, is surprised by the King Dinis, who opens his wife's folded cloak and sees roses, an attribute already announced in the figure in the foreground.
Museu Nacional Machado de Castro
Size: A5 - 210 x 148 mm
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