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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 [+]

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 [+]

A Sybil
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1632
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
A Sybil
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1632
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

The first known reference to this work dates from 1746, when an inventory of paintings at the La Granja Palace was drawn up. There, it is attributed to Velázquez and identified as a likeness of [+]

Juan Francisco de Pimentel, Count of Benavente
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1648
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y (Attributed To)
Juan Francisco de Pimentel, Count of Benavente
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1648
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y (Attributed To)

Juan Francisco Alfonso de Pimentel Ponce de León, 10th Count and 7th Duke of Benavente (1584-1652), is portrayed more than half length with a whole host of attributes that confirm is supreme mi [+]

The Spinners, or the Fable of Arachne
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Spinners, or the Fable of Arachne
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

This painting is the result of two acts carried out in different periods. First, Velázquez painted the surface occupied by the figures and the tapestry in the background. Later, in the 18th cen [+]

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 [+]

View of the Gardens of the Villa Medici, Rome, with a Statue of Ariadne
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
View of the Gardens of the Villa Medici, Rome, with a Statue of Ariadne
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

In late 1629, the thirty-year-old Velázquez went to Italy for the first time, remaining there for more than a year. During this trip he executed various history paintings, some portraits and at [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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