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The Emperor Charles V at Yuste

Photo credit: Rochdale Arts & Heritage Service

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Charles V (1500–1558) was Holy Roman Emperor and King Charles I of Spain. Following his abdication in 1556, Charles retired to the monastery of San Jeronimo de Yuste in Spain. He is depicted holding rosary beads and a bible to underline his Catholicism and wears the insignia of the Order of the Golden Fleece, a chivalric order, around his neck. From the 1830s history painting became a new trend in Victorian art, peaking between 1840 and 1870 in terms of production and public interest.

Touchstones Rochdale



The Emperor Charles V at Yuste




oil on canvas


H 46.7 x W 64 cm

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gift from Robert Taylor Heape, 1911

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Touchstones Rochdale

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