- Inventory number
- Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y (Spanish)
- Antonia de Ipeñarrieta y Galdós and her son, Luis
- Ca. 1631
- 215 cm x 110 cm
- On display
- 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 Velasquez's style from the beginning of the sixteen thirties.
This work was paired with the portrait of her husband, Diego del Corral y Arellano (P1195), and both were owned by the family until the Duchess of Villahermosa bequeathed them to the Prado Museum.