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Portrait of King Fernando II
Author: Francisco José de Resende
Origin: Porto, Portugal
Dating: 1859
Material: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions (cm): 56,5 x 71
Inv. no.: MNSR219 / PD1344dep

Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg Gotha portrayed wearing a dark blue coat with a gold trimmed collar. On the left side, he displays a multi-coloured sash with several commendations.

Ferdinand was born in Vienna (1816) into a Saxon-Austro-Hungarian family. He married Queen Maria II in 1836 and became King Consort of Portugal.

His political activity wasn’t noteworthy, limited to being an advisor to his wife and, later, to his children. When Queen Maria II died (1853) he assumed the regency of the kingdom but quickly handed it over power to his son Pedro.

Throughout his life he devoted himself to the arts, being an artist himself – he sang, painted, drew and engraved. As a great upholder of Portuguese heritage, he upheld the conservation of Portuguese monuments. His interest in Portuguese art led to the procurement and collection of numerous works of art, still kept in Portuguese museums and national palaces.

He died in Lisbon in 1885 and was buried in the Royal Pantheon of the Bragança Dynasty on the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora (Lisboa).

Objeto museológico (PDB)