Currently on View in H214
This sketch is a study for a painting for the Royal Palace, Madrid. The allegory alludes to Ferdinand VI’s fair and peaceful reign. Clad in luminous pink and white, Peace holds an olive branch in her hand, while her companion, Justice, is seated above a sword and scales. The dead youth refers to the resolution of the War of Succession waged under the king’s father, Philip V.
Called to the Spanish court in 1753, Giaquinto would spend nearly a decade in Spain, where he was named first painter to the king and director of the Madrid Academy. Engaged in several large-scale decorative projects, Giaquinto left behind many preparatory studies, of which this is an example.
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