Miguel António do Amaral
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|Miguel António do Amaral|
Queen D. Maria I of Portugal; 1777
|Patron(s)||Joseph I of Portugal
Maria I of Portugal
José, Prince of Brazil
Miguel António do Amaral (Lisbon; 1710 – Lisbon; 1780) was a Portuguese court painter to the House of Braganza, progressing in the years from the household of Joseph I of Portugal to that of Maria I of Portugal and finally to the household of José, Prince of Brazil.
In 1773, Amaral was commissioned by Joseph I of Portugal to make two sets of portraits featuring the King and his wife, Mariana Victoria of Spain. After the completion of his grandfather's set of portraits in mid-1773, José, Prince of Beira ordered a similar commission by Amaral, but also asking for a second portrait of José, for his mother, Maria I of Portugal. These works would gain Amaral incredible fame throughout Portugal and Europe as an able portrait painter, having done five incredibly detailed and large portraits in one year.
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