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Charles V at the Monastery of San Jerónimo de Yuste
  • Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury (1797 - 1890)
  • Charles V at the Monastery of San Jerónimo de Yuste
  • France
  • 1856
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 98.2 x 144 cm
  • Signature: 'Robert-Fleury 1856'
  • P361
  • West Gallery III
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  • Exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1857. The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (1500-58), who had renounced the Imperial crown in 1555 and retired in 1557 to the remote monastery of San Jerónimo de Yuste in Estramadura, receives a letter sent by his son Philip II of Spain begging him to return. He is handed the letter by the Conde de Mélito (1503-75). The scene, which took place in February 1557, is set in Charles’s bedroom overlooking the high altar of the monastery. Behind Charles hang two paintings by Titian: 'Trinity' (‘Gloria’) and a portrait of Philip II (both now Madrid, Prado). Although Charles offered Philip written advice, he refused to leave the monastery.