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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 [+]

Queen Mariana of Austria
Oil on canvas. 1652 - 1653
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Queen Mariana of Austria
Oil on canvas. 1652 - 1653
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Mariana of Austria (1634-1696) was the daughter of the Emperor Ferdinand III and María of Hungary. It was intended that she marry her cousin, Prince Baltasar Carlos, but following his death she [+]

Maria Anna of Spain, Queen of Hungary
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Maria Anna of Spain, Queen of Hungary
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Philip IV´s sister, Maria, was born in El Escorial in 1606. As a result of her royal lineage, she was destined to become yet another pawn in the play of matrimonial alliances that the European courts [+]

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 [+]

The Coronation of the Virgin
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1636
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Coronation of the Virgin
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1636
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Velázquez painted The Coronation of the Virgin for Queen Elizabeth of Bourbon`s new prayer chapel at Madrid`s Alcázar palace, where it was intended to complete the series of nine paintin [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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

A masterpiece in the history of Western landscape painting, in which Velázquez set out his idea of landscape without any narrative excuse to justify it, this Roman scene and its companion work [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

Mercury and Argus
Oil on unlined canvas. Ca. 1659
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Mercury and Argus
Oil on unlined canvas. Ca. 1659
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Wearing his characteristic winged hat, and with a pan flute next to his left hand, Mercury stealthily approaches a shepherd he has lulled to sleep with the unlimited powers of his music. The latter is [+]

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