SANCHEZ COELLO, Alonso
(b. 1531, Beifayo, d. 1588, Madrid)

Prince Don Carlos of Austria

c. 1558
Oil on canvas, 109 x 95 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Portrait painting flourished in the second half of the sixteenth century in Spain. The portraitist Anthonis Mor (Antonio Moro) was followed by his pupil Alonso Sánchez Coello, who gave a decided impetus to this genre with works of the caliber of his portraits of Philip II and the royal children Don Carlos and Isabella Clara Eugenia. This artist has rightly been praised for his humanity, which, in its intimate relationship to plastic values, makes him the direct precursor of Velázquez portraits.

This portrait is truncated.