Magdalena Parrella y Urbieta & her Daughter Elisa Tapia y Parrella, 1850


Magdalena Parrella y Urbieta and her Daughter, Elisa Tapia y Parrella by Carlos Luis de Ribera y Fieve, 1850

Double portraits of this type, which were common in the mid-nineteenth century, were generally painted when the son or daughter was presented in society. The mother, depicted as seated, represented an example to the daughter, normally shown standing. In this case the richly furnished room and the sitter`s clothes and jewels indicate the wealthy status of this well-known family of bankers.

source: Museo del Prado

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