Portrait of Madalena Ruiz

The female dwarf Madalena Ruiz served at the Spanish court from 1565 for some forty years.  See also the portrait of her alongside the Spanish Infanta, and affectionate references to her in letters written by Philip II (1527-98) from Portugal. 

 

Credit: Anon. (second half of 16th century), Portrait of Magdalena Ruiz ‘the Mad’, jester to the court of Philip II, Museum of Santa Cruz, Toledo, Spain, public domain; photo courtesy of JoJan

Credit: Anon. (second half of 16th century), Portrait of Magdalena Ruiz 'the Mad', jester to the court of Philip II, Museum of Santa Cruz, Toledo, Spain, public domain; photo courtesy of JoJan
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