Inventory number
P01209
Author
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y (Spanish)
Title
Francisco Pacheco
Chronology
Ca. 1620
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
41 cm x 36 cm
School
Española
Theme
Retrato
On display
Yes
Provenance
¿Colección marqués del Carpio, Jardín de San Joaquín, Madrid, 1689?; Colección Real (colección Felipe V, Palacio de La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, 1727; col. Felipe V, La Granja, pieza donde se decía misa antiguamente, 1746, nº 43; La Granja, 1794, nº 43; La Granja, 1814-1818, nº 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 Velasquez'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.

 
Ministerio de Cultura. Gobierno de España; abre en ventana nueva
España es cultura Spain is culture
Copyright © 2014 Museo Nacional del Prado.
Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23
Madrid 28014
Tel. +34 91 330 2800.
All rights reserved