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Queen Saint Isabel, circle or follower of Quentin Metsys. 1st quarter of the 16th century. Oil on wood, 38 x 27 cm.
«This “portrait” of Isabel of Portugal with the crown and ermine mantle signalling her royal condition and a Franciscan cord necklace emphasising her religious sentiment, combines the devoltional convention of a hieratic presence marked by the sign of transcendence (the luminous halo surrounding her) with features of serene and human beauty. It is possible to allude to a type of iconic realism in the distinction and symmetry of the oval face, the elegant features, the subtly oblique eyes, connecting this “style” of female face design to Quentin Metsys’s models. The legend that appears at the bottom of the painting [“the queen saint Isabel”] does however indicate that if not painted by a Portuguese it had a Portuguese destiny that probably also indicated the nationality of the commission itself.
[…] In the inventory of the assets that Queen D. Leonor left to the convent [of Madre de Deus] in her will is “a painting of the Holy queen who lies in Coimbra” and which in 1537 was in the church sacristy […].»
in Casa Perfeitíssima - Celebrating 500 Years of the Foundation of the Convent of Madre de Deus