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Don Fernando de Aragon

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Don Fernando II de Aragón, el Rey Católico, husband and partner of Isabel I de Castilla. King of Aragón, of Sicily, of Naples, of Cerdegna, of Majorca, of Valencia, count of Barcelona and the Rousillon, de iure uxoris King of Castile as Ferdinand V.
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Libra1010's avatar
 Another excellent image Master Oznerol; it's easy to see that it was more than a crown which drew together Castille and Aragon!;) (Wink) 

 (I do hope that the better half of the Catholic Kings shows up to hamper Don Ferdinand's scheming with her Catholic Conscience sometime soon though; as I recall this was an extraordinarily sneaky Prince even by Machiavelli's demanding standards).
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Indeed. He was strong-willed and a truly capable ruler, who definitely ended the turmoil that had marked the last decades in the Kingdom of Aragon (an objective which his father helped to fulfill) and in Castile, along Isabel, who was quite a formidable woman. Curious enough Royal woman seem to be very capable rulers in Castile; for example Maria de Molina preserved her grandson's crown in a VERY complicated regency, against many claimants and pretenders with royal blood in their veins. Her descendant, Isabel, wasn't different.
And indeed, Fernando was quite a Renaissance Prince, and quite ambitious. He proved to be extraordinary intelligent with the conquest of Naples, even if the prowess of Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba won the battles, the King engineered the downfall of his bastard relatives in Naples and the defeat of the French.

I will definitely do a portrait of Isabel, and maybe some of their contemporaries.
Libra1010's avatar
 I await them eagerly!:happybounce: 

 By the way, I've actually read somewhere that Machiavelli himself modelled his 'Prince' on Ferdinand of Aragon quite as much as he drew on Cesare Borgia - something in the bloodlines of Eastern Spain in this era must have been strangely-conducive to producing the most successful sort of Renaissance schemers for if I remember correctly the Borja family came from the Catalan country which was a part of the Crown of Aragon at the time Ferdinand, Athlete of Christ was occupying it.
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Machiavelli found a good inspiration of Ferdinand, who was quite the match of the French Kings of that period, Louis XI, Louis XII and Charles VIII, who had more resources, both in manpower and riches.
Aragon was the country most influenced by the Renaissance and the Italian politics, Alfonso V the Magnanimous ruled from Naples, and commissioned portraits to Pisanello and built a triumphal arc (see Naples' castle).
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 As I understand it, Don Ferdinand also hoodwinked his English son-in-law King Henry VIII very neatly indeed (although I understand that he found Henry VII much more of a match for his disingenuous ingenuity!).
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totally awesome!! an instant fave :)

I really like the textures and the shading-lighting, it's truly great!!
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Thanks! I had a lot of issues with this one, I was barely able to shade or add detail in the coloring process so...
MoonyMina's avatar
well, it turned out great in the end!!
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