The Apotheosis of the Spanish Monarchy

Artist: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, Venice 1696–1770 Madrid)

Date: 1760s

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: Oval painted surface, 32 1/8 x 26 1/8 in. (81.6 x 66.4 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1937

Accession Number: 37.165.3


From 1762 until his death, Tiepolo worked in Spain for Charles III and decorated several rooms in the Palacio Real, Madrid. This is one of two sketches for the saleta adjacent to the throne room. Each shows a female figure of Spain with lions for the province of Leon; an old woman beside a castle for Castile; and Hercules, the traditional protector of Spain, with a column representing Gibraltar. The compositions of the two sketches, both exhibited here, are quite varied.