Inventory number
P01196
Author
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Title
Antonia de Ipeñarrieta y Galdós and her son, Luis
Chronology
Ca. 1632
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
215 cm x 110 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Portrait
On display
Yes
Provenance
Legado Mª. del Carmen Aragón de Azlor, XV duquesa de Villahermosa, 1905.

Antonia de Ipeñarrieta y Galdós (1599/1603-1635) was the wife of Diego del Corral y Arellano (1570-1632), Judge of the Council of Castile and professor at the University of Salamanca. She appears with Luis, one of the couple's six children.

She wears a black “oil-cruet” dress, so-called because of its conical skirt, and holds her son by the dress's “sleeve.” Her hand rests on a chair, which indicates her right to sit, a characteristic of her high social standing, as she served in the house of Prince Baltasar Carlos (1629-1646).

The technique employed by the painter, which combines a close-up of the model with a neutral background and floor and a slight hallow around his head, is characteristic of Velázquez's style from the beginning of the sixteen thirties.

This work was paired with the portrait of her husband, Diego del Corral y Arellano (P01195), and both were owned by the family until the Duchess of Villahermosa bequeathed them to the Prado Museum.

 
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