Olga's Gallery

Infante Don Luis de Borbón and His Family


Infante Don Luis de Borbón (1727-1785), the younger brother of Charles III, and a patron of Goya. Destined by his family for an ecclesiastic career, he was made Cardinal-Archbishop of Toledo shortly after his eighth birthday in 1735. In 1841, he became Archbishop of Seville. However, his scandalous behavior forced him to renounce his ecclesiastical offices at the age of twenty-seven. In 1776, he married María Teresa de Vallabriga y Rozcas against the wishes of his family. Since the marriage violated the laws specifing that the child of the King was to marry a person of high noble rank, Don Luis' family was not allowed to visit Madrid. The family lived in their palace at Arenas de San Pedro (Avila), where Don Luis invited various artists, including Goya, to live with them for extended periods. The Infante had two children, Luis María de Borbón  y Vallabriga (1777-1823), later the cardinal, and María Teresa de Borbón y Vallabriga (1780-1828) later Condesa de Chinchón, wife of Godoy).
See: Francisco de Goya. Equestrian Portrait of Dona Maria Teresa de Vallabriga. Portrait of the Countess of Chinchón. The Family of the Infante Don Luis de Borbón. Cardinal Luis Maria de Borbón y Vallabriga. Portrait of the Countess of Chinchón.

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