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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 [+]

The Surrender of Breda
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Surrender of Breda
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

On June 5, 1625 the Dutch governor of Breda, Justinus van Nassau, surrendered the keys of that city to Ambrosio Spínola, the Genoese general commanding the Spanish tercios (a group of soldiers [+]

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 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. [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

Mariana de Austria in Prayer
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1655
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y (Workshop Of)
Mariana de Austria in Prayer
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1655
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y (Workshop Of)

This pair of portraits (P01220 and P01222) combines several aspects of Spanish portraiture of the Baroque period. In principle, the figures of Philip IV and his second wife, Mariana of Austria, are a [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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

This was one of the paintings decorating the Hall of Realms at Madrid´s Buen Retiro Palace, where various discourses (territorial, mythological, military, and so on) combined to make up the decoration [+]

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 [+]

Queen Elisabeth of France on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Queen Elisabeth of France on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

This painting was intended to hang to the right of the Equestrian Portrait of Philip IV (P01178) and it depicts that monarch´s first wife, Elizabeth of Bourbon (1602-1644), whom he married in 1615. Th [+]

Vulcan's Forge
Oil on canvas. 1630
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Vulcan's Forge
Oil on canvas. 1630
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

A figure suddenly appears on the left in a forge where various blacksmiths are working, dressed in an orange robe and wearing a laurel wreath, with rays of light emerging from his head. This is Apollo [+]

Saints Anthony Abbot and Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1634
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Saints Anthony Abbot and Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1634
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

The subject is drawn from the narration in Jacobo de la Voragine`s 13th-century Golden Legend of Saint Anthony the Abbot`s voyage to the Egyptian desert to visit Saint Paul, the first Christian hermit [+]

Las Meninas
Oil on canvas. 1656
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Las Meninas
Oil on canvas. 1656
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

This is one of Velázquez`s largest paintings and among those in which he made most effort to create a complex and credible composition that would convey a sense of life and reality while enclos [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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