Infanta Catalina - Technique and Styles
Infanta Catalina Micaela of Austria, future Duchess of Savoy
ca. 1572 - 1574
Juan Pantoja de la Cruz, after Sánchez Coello
Catalina Micaela (1567-1597) was the second daughter of the Spanish King Philip II Hapsburg, and his third wife Isabella of Valois, daughter of the French King Henry II. In 1585 she married Prince Karl Emanuel I of Savoy. Her elder sister, Isabella Clara Eugenia was also born of Philip's third marriage and in 1599 married Albrecht VII of Austria, and as Regent of the Spanish Crown from 1621 governed in the Low Countries. There is a full length portrait of both sisters as children by the Spanish royal court painter Alonso Sánchez Coello, the Prado Museum.