Lived: 19 May 1797 – 26 December 1818
Second wife and niece of Ferdinand VII.
Ferdinand VII waited ten years before marrying his niece and second wife Maria Isabel of Portugal. Maria Isabel was a great lover of art and it was she who encouraged her husband to use the building that is now the home of the Museo Nacional del Prado as a new Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculptures. It opened in 1819, the year after Maria Isabel died giving birth to her second child in two years, with neither infant surviving.