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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 [+]

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 [+]

The Buffoon Juan de Austria
Oil on canvas. 1632
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Buffoon Juan de Austria
Oil on canvas. 1632
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

The sitter`s elaborate dress, the baton of command he holds in his right hand and the sword on which his left hand rest all indicate that he is a military figure. The military context in further sugge [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

The Buffoon Barbarroja, Cristóbal de Castañeda y Pernia
Oil on canvas. 1633
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Buffoon Barbarroja, Cristóbal de Castañeda y Pernia
Oil on canvas. 1633
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

The model’s identity is known through the 1701 inventory of the Buen Retiro Palace, which lists a painting two-and-a-third rods high and one-and-a-half rods wide, which is another portrait of a buffoo [+]

Ferdinando Brandani
Oil on canvas. 1650
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Ferdinando Brandani
Oil on canvas. 1650
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

This portrait dates from Velázquez`s second trip to Italy (1649-51). For many years the sitter`s identity was unknown but he has recently been identified as the banker Ferdinando Brandini (1603 [+]

The Buffoon El Primo
Oil on canvas. 1644
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Buffoon El Primo
Oil on canvas. 1644
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

The chromatic complexity, fluid brushstroke, location of the sitter in an undefined space and his direct gaze make this one of the portraits of dwarves by Velázquez that most directly connects [+]

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 [+]

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