Inventory number
P01192
Author
Martínez del Mazo, Juan Bautista (Spanish)
Title
The Infanta Margarita de Austria
Chronology
Ca. 1665
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
212 cm x 147 cm
School
Española
Theme
Retrato
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección Real (Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, tercera pieza de la Furriera, 1747, nº 159; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, paso del cuarto del señor infante don Luis, 1772, nº 159; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, cuarto del príncipe-cámara, 1794, nº 159).

A court portrait of the Infanta Margarita (1651-1731) at the age of fifteen. She was the daughter of Felipe IV (1605-1665) and Mariana de Austria (1634-1696) and the future wife of Emperor Leopold of Austria (1640-1705).

The Infanta, who is also the central figure in Diego Velasquez's Las Meninas (P1174), poses in front of a velvet curtain wearing a sumptuous dress with pink and silver embroidery. She holds a handkerchief in her right hand and a rose in her left.

There has been considerable argument about who painted this work, whether it is by Diego Velasquez, de la Mazo, or perhaps a combination of both. It is currently considered one of Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo's masterpieces, and its extraordinary quality is proof of this painter's mastery.

 
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