A White Horse (1635) by Diego Velazquez

A White Horse - Diego Velazquez - 1635

Artwork Information

TitleA White Horse
ArtistDiego Velazquez
Dimensions310 x 245 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationPalacio Real de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

About A White Horse

The artwork titled “A White Horse,” created by the eminent artist Diego Velazquez in 1635, is a quintessential example of the Baroque period. It is an oil on canvas masterpiece with impressive dimensions of 310 by 245 centimeters. This animal painting, which is part of the collection at the Palacio Real de Madrid in Spain, showcases the deep expressiveness and dynamism that characterize the Baroque movement.

The artwork captures the beauty and grace of a white horse in a striking pose. The animal is depicted in profile, and the artist has skillfully rendered its form with a palpable sense of volume and weight. The horse appears to be in motion, with one of its forelegs lifted and its tail elegantly swept to the side. The use of chiaroscuro, with stark contrasts between light and shadow, is evident and lends a dramatic intensity to the scene. While the animal is detailed with precision, the background is subdued, creating an atmospheric effect that allows the viewer to focus entirely on the majestic creature. Velazquez’s mastery in painting the horse‚Äôs muscles and the texture of its coat is particularly noteworthy, capturing the naturalistic details that bring the animal to life on the canvas.

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