The House Of Alba Analysis

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The House of Alba is one of the most prominent aristocratic families in Europe with ties to the Spanish monarchy. The Alba heritage is one the family has worked to preserve for over 500 years. Normally in order to see pieces from the Alba collection, one would need to visit one of the families’ palaces around the world. Therefore, it was such a privilege to observe more than 130 works of art created by a handful of master artists throughout Europe. Impeccable pieces from the Antiquity, Renaissance, Baroque and even the Twenty-First century were on display. The works presented are compelling enough to stand alone, but together, the Alba collection offers an insight into the role the family had on world history. Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, the third duke, was an incredibly significant figure in the House of Alba. During the mid-16th century, the celebrated general was involved in almost all important military campaigns that occurred in Europe. The Grand Duke was painted by the Netherlandish artist named Anthonis Mor who depicts …show more content…
Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva, or simply nicknamed Cayetana, is the 18th Duchess of Alba who protected the her family’s throughout the twentieth-century. She expanded the collection into new territory and incorporated French Impressionist paintings. Though the artist Ignacio Zuloaga painted multiple Alba family members the most memorable is the painting he did of young Cayetana. His representation of the duchess combines the equestrian portrait with the themes of a twentieth-century childhood. Zuloaga includes an example of a very early depiction of Mickey Mouse alongside family pets which modernizes the painting. The prestigious subject matter of an equestrian portrait reminds the viewer of Cayetana’s stature as a duchess. However, the impressionist brushstrokes and use of vibrant colors gives the painting a contemporary

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