Inventory number
P01186
Author
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y (Spanish)
Title
Cardinal-Infante Fernando de Austria
Chronology
Ca. 1633
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
191 cm x 107 cm
School
Española
Theme
Retrato
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección Real (Torre de la Parada, El Pardo-Madrid, 1703-1711; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, paso de tribuna y trascuartos, 1772, nº 1192; ¿Palacio Real, Madrid, pieza de entrada para la habitación de la reina de Etruria que esta de blanco, 1814-1818, s.n.?).

Son of Felipe III and Margarite de Austria, Fernando was born in 1609. He was Cardinal from the age of ten and Governor of Flanders from 1634 until his death in Brussels in 1641. This portrait was made just before he left to govern the Netherlands although another theory is that it was made later on the basis of drawings or sketches from that time. Fernando closely resembled his brother, Felipe IV, and appears in a similar pose, wearing brown clothes and accompanied by a dog, in this case a cinnamon-colored podenco hunting dog. Still, Fernando seems less solemn, closer to the viewer and with a certain, very elegant instability.

Like the portrait of his brother, the King (P1184) and of his nephew, Prince Baltasar Carlos (P1189), this work was made for the Torre de la Parada, a hunting lodge in the foothills of El Pardo.

 
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