This spectacular picture, painted by Francisco Pradilla Ortiz, is to form the cover of my next novel, Return to Madrid. Pradilla was commissioned by the state to
paint this huge canvas. The picture shows Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand accepting the surrender of Granada from the last King of the Spanish Moors. It is 18 feet wide by 10 feet tall and is displayed in the Prado, Madrid. It took him three years to paint it! In his later years Pradilla was the Director of this world famous gallery.
The painting will, I think, make an ideal cover as it will wrap around the book quite nicely, giving a stunning portrayal back and front. My cover designer and friend Rohan Renard will be working on the design next week. He found this wonderful picture and I’m really grateful to him for doing so.
More about by latest next week!