Francisco Padilla’s evocative “Capitulation of Granada” solemnly hangs in Capilla Real.
Notice, Boabdil, the setting emperor of Granada, on the left and on a black steed – both implying him to be the villain. On the right and astride a white horse, surprise! surprise! – not King Ferdinand, but Queen Isabella. Many scholars believe that she was both the brains and brawns behind Reconquista and Columbus’ voyage in search of new lands.