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So I did a post a while ago on the Saint Vincent Panels based on my notes and mostly things I got from memory. But today I had a debate with my professor and concluded that I accidentally fooled you guys and made a severe mistake.

Of course it must be kept in ind that these are theories as long as no documents or something prove it, or otherwise. But theories have their plausability, and the one I presented to you all a while ago is not the correct one. Which is to say, as I debated this in class with my professor, I was convinced I was wrong and there’s another hypothesis.

So I told you guys the man with the burgundian black hat and the moustache had a controversial attribution, as it was immediatly refernced to be Infante D. Henrique, known for his voyages and conquests in North Africa, a member of the Ínclita Geração, the ilustrous generation of children of the founders of the Avis dynasty, Philippa of Lancaster and John I, mestre de Avis. That theory maintains in all its controversy, based on the one chronicle that gives us the only possible comparision iconography-wise, the Chronicle of Guinea by Zuarara. With this relation, we conclude the other two male figures to be Afonso V, D. Duarte’s son, and John II, his grandson, based on the latin inscription of the Gospell refering to the son who obeys the father and continues his work.

The most heated debate is the female figures, and that is where I got it wrong. The lady wearing widdowing clothes is most likely Isabel, duchess of Burgundy, wife of Philip the Good, mother of Charles the Bold, and sister of D. Duarte himself, who died in 1471, the same year John II was armed knight after the conquest of Arzila. The reason why Duarte’s sister is most likely to eb the one depicted here instead of his wife have to do with politics and propaganda.

The chapel where these panels were places were built by Afonso IV, known for his conquests in Northern Africa, most notoriously for the victory at the battle of Salado. As a commemoration of the victory of Christianity over Islam, these chapels were built where the great fighters of Christianity were buried in them. In this sense, years later, when Duarte wins at Tanger, avenging the disaster of his father and consequent death of his brother, the Infante Santo, D. Fernando, the same propaganda arose. This time, it originated not only works such as the Pastrana Tapestries, but a whole memory rebuilt in this temple to the victories of Christianity. Since the Avis were a bastard dynasty, it was important to both evoke the memory of the previous dynasty by mirroring their victories and gain the favour of the Pope through the fight against Islam. This is something John I immediatly seeked after securing the thrown and founding a new dynasty, and consequently, his descendants seeked.

Isabella, duchess of Burgundy, was one of the greatest finaciers of these wars and even works for the Chapel in question. Her portrait in these panels would not have been made in her presence, seeing as she did not return to Portugal and appears wearing widdower clothing; however, there is a vast iconography to be based on for comparison. Considering Philip the Good died in 1467, these panels had to be excuted after that. There are also descriptions of the 16th century of these panels that they depict ‘kings and infantes’, and that is so considering there are three kings (one still a prince) and one infanta: Saint Joana.

I know I refered to the dress as being in inventory, which it is, but not to Isabel of Coimbra’s belongings, rather infanta Saint Joana, sister of John II, including the green dress which she wore when recieving her brother and father from returning from the conquest of Arzila. Also in ventory, is the necklace. The emerald could very well be the same as is commonly known from her mother, but this one in particular is described as being a pendant she left for her nephew, D. Jorge, bastard son of John II.

I asked my professor which depiction made more sense, considering the political agenda and the history of then: Isabel of Coimbra or Infanta Joana. The thing is, both could be right, and until the day a document appears to prove otherwise, both are theories as possible as any other, as long as there’s a foundation to it. But considering the politcal image of 15th century Portugal, it makes more sense for this woman to be Joana, since she was the regent of Portugal in the absense of both her brother and her father.This poses the royal family as the great Christian fighters against Islam, in a time the Avis needed to evoke the memory of their ancestors and gain the Pope’s trust.

I’m sorry I fooled you guys, but I really changed my mind about this and this theory makes much more sense to me. As for the possible depiction of Infante D. Henrique, it still stands as the the dude with white hair kneeling on the second panel to the right. It should be noted that he holds the colors of Ordem da Jarreteira, of which he was a knight.

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Today my moods were all over the place so I’m going to drink a lot of wine so it can be I can maintain a stable drunk happiness