Infanta Margarita (c. 1656) by Diego Velazquez

Infanta Margarita - Diego Velazquez - c.1660

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TitleInfanta Margarita
ArtistDiego Velazquez
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions107 x 121 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationKunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

About Infanta Margarita

The artwork titled “Infanta Margarita” is a striking example of Baroque portraiture created by the esteemed artist Diego Velazquez circa 1660. The painting, executed in oil on canvas, measures approximately 107 by 121 centimeters and is presently housed in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria. This work captures the essence of the genre during the Baroque period with its emotive detail and formal grandeur.

In the artwork, the young Infanta Margarita of Spain is depicted in an opulent royal dress that drapes elegantly over her form, occupying a significant portion of the canvas. Her attire is richly adorned with decorations and embellished with various textures that Velazquez has rendered with meticulous attention to detail, showcasing his adept use of oil paint to mimic the sheen of luxurious fabrics and jewelry.

The Infanta’s pose is formal yet relaxed, and she possesses an air of youthful innocence, highlighted by her fair complexion and blonde hair delicately framed by intricate lace and ribbons. The dress is predominantly a deep shade of blue, contrasted by the silver and gold accents, making a statement of both regal status and the era’s lavish fashions. The grace and poise of the young Infanta are enhanced by her direct gaze, engaging the viewer with a sense of immediacy that is characteristic of Velazquez’s masterful portraits. The subdued background provides a stark contrast to the detailed and vibrant depiction of the subject, emphasizing her figure and the finery she wears. Through this portrait, Velazquez not only captures the physical likeness of his young subject but also the symbolic representation of her royal heritage and position within the Spanish court.

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