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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

Spanish School, 15th century

Queen Isabella I of Spain, Queen of Castille (1451-1504) c. 1470-1520

RCIN 403445

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This portrait is one of a pair portraying Isabella I of Castille and her husband, Ferdinand II of Aragon. The king and queen of Spain were the parents of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII. In this portrait the queen holds a closed book in both hands, with the thumb of her right hand marking a page. The holding of a book, commonly a religious text, denotes the sitter’s piety. The painting was first recorded during the reign of Henry VIII.