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Equestrian Portrait of the Duke of Lerma
Rubens, Pieter Paul
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Rubens, Pieter Paul

Siegen, Westfalia, 1577 - Amberes, 1640

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Equestrian Portrait of the Duke of Lerma

1603. Oil on canvas, 290.5 x 207.5 cm.

Felipe III´s favorite, Francisco de Sandoval y Rojas, Marquis of Denia and First Duke of Lerma is shown as chief of the Spanish Armies. Wearing half armor, he rides a white steed and carries a ruler´s staff. The scallop of the Knights of Saint James at his neck is the only decorative element in this portrait, whose decidedly military orientation is reinforced by the cavalry battle in the background. Made in 1603, during Rubens´ first visit to Spain, this work shows the power and vigor of portraits from his first period, and his capacity to capture the model´s personality. Here he reflects the haughtiness and pride of the Duke´s powerful political situation. Basing his composition on Titian´s Portait of Carlos V in Mühlberg (P00410), Rubens depicts the duke facing forward, advancing toward the viewer. This creates a very Baroque effect, which is multiplied by the palm tree that frames the figure. With this painting, Rubens created a model for equestrian portraits that would prove very influential later on, especially in works by Van Dyck and Gaspar de Crayer. After the Duke of Lerma fell from grace, this painting entered the Royal Collection, but was later given to the Admiral of Castile by Felipe IV. It passed through the collections of several noblemen before it was acquired by the Prado Museum in 1969.

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Technical data

Inventory number
P03137
Author
Rubens, Pieter Paul
Title
Equestrian Portrait of the Duke of Lerma
Date
1603
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
High/Height: 290.5 cm.; Width: 207.5 cm.
Provenance
Colección del duque de Lerma; Colección Real en 1635; Regalo de Felipe IV al almirante de Castilla; En 1800 en posesión del Marqués de Denia; En 1878 se encontraba en la casa del Duque de Medinaceli; En 1909 pasa a la colección del conde de Gavia al casarse con una hija del de Medinaceli que lo había heredado. La última condesa de Gavia lo regaló a los P.P. Capuchinos de Madrid, de quienes lo adquirió el Museo en 1969.

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Büttner, Nils., Rubens : Eine Biographie., Verlag Schnell & Steiner GmbH, 2015, pp. 43 f.13.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (desde 1856). Núm. 1904.
Autor: Rubens / 1904. Asunto: retrato ecuestre del duque de Lerma. / Lienzo: 2,83 x 2,00 / Nº del catalogo: 3137</br>Adquirido por el patronato del Museo, en enero de 1969 a la orden de P.P. capuchinos de Madrid en 20.000.000 pts.

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El Greco to Velázquez: Art during the Reign of Philip III
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Location +

Room 028 (On Display)

Expuesto
Update date: 19-09-2016 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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