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painting of two daughters of Philip II of Spain

From the 18th century, the Spanish school began to be appreciated in England

Juan Pantoja de la Cruz (c. 1553-1608)

Margaret of Austria, Queen Consort of Philip III of Spain (1584-1611) c.1605

RCIN 404970

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Juan Pantoja de la Cruz was the foremost Spanish portrait painter of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century. His portraits were concerned more with the portrayal of solemn and imposing majesty than the reproduction of an individual likeness. The queen holds a Book of Hours, demonstrating her commitment to her Catholic faith.