legend of Roderick, the last king of the Spanish Visigoths. After spying on his maids of honor to determine the fairest among them, the king selects Florinda, at center left, who becomes the object of his love. In revenge, Florinda's father called the Arabs into Spain and brought about the Arab Conquest. Franz Xaver Winterhalter (20 April 1805 – 8 July 1873) was a German painter and lithographer, known for his portraits of royalty in the mid-19th century. His name has become associated with fashionable court portraiture.