Master of the Guild of Saint Luke in Antwerp from 1599, Noveliers became Court painter to the Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia (1566-1633) the daughter of Isabel de Valois and Philip II of Spain, and curator of her collection in Brussels.
Díaz Padrón, loc cit., listed this picture as part of a group of portraits of Spanish Royalty commissioned by the Marqués de Leganés from Noveliers, who based them on portraits by Alonso Sánchez Coello who was himself copying prototypes by Antonis Mor (see, for example, the half-length portrait of Isabel de Valois by Mor now in the Varez Fisa collection, Spain and a derivation of the same by Sánchez Coello, in the same collection, for which see Alonso Sánchez Coello y el Retrato en la Corte de Felipe II, Prado, Madrid, June-July 1990, pp. 131-132, nos. 3-4).
Although the connection of the present picture with the Leganés commission has not yet been fully proven, Matías Padrón has noted that the style of the inscription '303' on this picture corresponds to that in other Leganés pictures and makes this early provenance highly probable. Díaz Padrón also compares this picture with a full-length portrait of Isabel de Valois in the Prado (no. 1031, given in the catalogue to the School of Sánchez Coello).
We are grateful to L. Matías Díaz Padrón for his assistance in the preparation of this catalogue entry.