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Francisco Pacheco
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1620
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Francisco Pacheco
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1620
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

The second half of the 16th century and the first decades of the 17th saw the rise in Spain of male bust portraits in which the model normally appears against a neutral background with no elements to [+]

The Adoration of the Magi
Oil on canvas. 1619
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Adoration of the Magi
Oil on canvas. 1619
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Painted in Seville in 1619, The Adoration of the Magi is the largest of Velázquez`s early works and, together with Saint Ildefonso receiving the Chasuble, the one with the most figures, making [+]

The Nun Jerónima de la Fuente
Oil on canvas. 1620
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Nun Jerónima de la Fuente
Oil on canvas. 1620
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Born to a noble family in Toledo, sister Jerónima de la Fuente Yáñez was a Franciscan nun at the convent of Santa Isabel in her native city. In 1620, at the age of sixty-six, she [+]

Philip IV
Oil on canvas. 1623
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Philip IV
Oil on canvas. 1623
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

We see King Philip IV of Spain (r. 1621-1665) when he was around twenty years old in an austere image filled with references to his status and responsibilities and to the reformist intentions with whi [+]

Infante Don Carlos
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1627
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Infante Don Carlos
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1627
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Following his appointment as painter to the King in 1623, Velázquez`s principal task was that of portraying the monarch and his circle. In order to do so he primarily made use of two different [+]

The Feast of Bacchus
Oil on canvas. 1628 - 1629
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Feast of Bacchus
Oil on canvas. 1628 - 1629
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Documentation of payment received by Velázquez in July 1629 for an image of Bacchus painted at the king`s behest informs us of the work`s approximate date and identifies its intended recipient. [+]

Philip IV on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Philip IV on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Of the equestrian portraits painted for the Hall of Realms, this is the only one with a declaration of authorship. The lower left corner has been a customary place throughout the history of painting f [+]

Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1636
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1636
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Along with Philip IV and Velázquez, the third name intimately associated with the Buen Retiro Palace is Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares (1587-1645). When Philip IV took the thro [+]

Philip IV in Hunting Dress
Oil on canvas. 1632 - 1634
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Philip IV in Hunting Dress
Oil on canvas. 1632 - 1634
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Between 1635 and 1637, important additions were made to the Torre de la Parada, the king´s hunting pavilion situated in the woodlands surrounding the royal palace of El Pardo, on the outskirts of Madr [+]

Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria, in Hunting Dress
Oil on canvas. 1632 - 1634
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria, in Hunting Dress
Oil on canvas. 1632 - 1634
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Born in El Escorial in 1609, don Fernando was the son of Philip III and Margarita de Austria, and thus Philip IV´s brother. As a result, he held very high posts. In 1619, he was appointed cardinal and [+]

Aesop
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Aesop
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Aesop and Menippus are first listed in the inventory of the Torre de la Parada between 1701 and 1703. Among other works, this hunting lodge had a vast cycle of mythological paintings made by Rubens an [+]

Menippus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Menippus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Aesop and Menippus are first listed in the inventory of the Torre de la Parada between 1701 and 1703. Among other works, this hunting lodge had a vast cycle of mythological paintings made by Rubens an [+]

Prince Baltasar Carlos on Horseback
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Prince Baltasar Carlos on Horseback
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

In 1624, soon after Velázquez`s arrival at court, the political writer Almansa noted that the equestrian order was and is the backbone of republics. This notion was shared by the Spanish monarc [+]

Pablo de Valladolid
Oil on canvas. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Pablo de Valladolid
Oil on canvas. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

There were two categories of royal jesters: those whose attractiveness was based on their physical or mental limitations, and those who, lacking any such handicap, entertained with their personality o [+]

Prince Baltasar Carlos in Hunting Dress
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1636
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Prince Baltasar Carlos in Hunting Dress
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1636
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

The inscription at the lower left serves to date this portrait between October 1635 and the same month the following year. At that time, following his first Italian visit and his permanent and conscie [+]

The Buffoon Calabacillas
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1639
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Buffoon Calabacillas
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1639
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

One of the most unique and distinctive areas within Velázquez`s oeuvre is that of his portraits of buffoons, dwarves and individuals collectively known as hombres de placer (men of pleasure). T [+]

Buffoon with Books
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Buffoon with Books
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

One of the most distinguished components of Velázquez` oeuvre is his gallery of buffoons (or, as we would generally call them in English, jesters), dwarves, and other men of amusement who enter [+]

The Boy from Vallecas (Francisco Lezcano)
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1645
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Boy from Vallecas (Francisco Lezcano)
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1645
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

In the foreground of this canvas, a figure dressed in green holds in his hands what appears to be a pack of cards and looks directly at the viewer, as if to invite us to participate in the game. He is [+]

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