GALLEGO, Fernando
(b. ca. 1440, Salamanca, d. 1507, Salamanca)

Madonna of the Catholic Kings

Tempera on panel, 123 x 112 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

This altarpiece was originally in the St Thomas Monastery in Ávila. On the right of the Madonna King Ferdinand V is kneeling at the feet of his patron St Thomas. Beside the King the Infant Don Juan, behind them the Chief Inquisitor can be seen. In the opposite group Queen Isabelle is adoring the Madonna with her patron saint, St Dominic.

The attribution of this painting is debated. Recently it is assumed that it was created by a follower of Gallego.