Don Luis de Gongora y Argote (1622) by Diego Velazquez

Don Luis de Gongora y Argote - Diego Velazquez - 1622

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TitleDon Luis de Gongora y Argote
ArtistDiego Velazquez
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions50.3 x 40.5 cm
Current LocationMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston

About Don Luis de Gongora y Argote

The artwork titled “Don Luis de Gongora y Argote” is an oil on canvas painting created by the esteemed artist Diego Velazquez in the year 1622. The dimensions of the artwork are 50.3 by 40.5 centimeters. The artwork is part of the collection housed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

In the artwork, the subject presents a solemn and introspective gaze that commands attention. Don Luis de Gongora y Argote, the figure depicted, is portrayed with a palpable presence. His attire is composed of dark, somber tones with a distinctive clerical collar that stands out against his black garb, indicating his ecclesiastical position or social status of the time. A masterful use of chiaroscuro lends depth to his features, while the subdued color palette allows for a strong focus on the expression and visage of Gongora, who appears deep in thought or perhaps momentarily distracted, as if caught in a paused conversation. Velazquez’s skillful brushwork and keen attention to the textures of the skin and the fabrics are evident, bringing a sense of realism and immediacy to the portrait.

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