Inventory number
P01209
Author
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Title
Francisco Pacheco
Chronology
Ca. 1620
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
41 cm x 36 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Portrait
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection (Collection of the Marquis of El Carpio, Garden of San Joaquín, Madrid, 1689?; Collection of Felipe V, Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, 1727; Collection of Felipe V, La Granja Palace, “pieza donde se decía misa antiguamente”, 1746, n. 43; La Granja Palace, 1794, n. 43; La Granja Palace, 1814-1818, n. 43)

This work bears witness to the artist's great gift for portraiture from the very beginning of his career, and to his intellectual and social circle. The protagonist was not only an outstanding painter active in Seville (1564-1644), but also a notable intellectual who wrote an influential treatise on painting and edited the works of the poet, Fernando de Herrera. He was a key figure in Velázquez's training, taking the younger artist into his studio and transmitting his artistic and intellectual concerns to him. In 1618, his daughter, Juana, married the young painter.

While there has long been doubt about the identity of the model, definitive evidence has recently emerged to prove it is Pacheco.

 
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