Madre Maria Jeronima de la Fuente (1620) by Diego Velazquez

Madre Maria Jeronima de la Fuente - Diego Velazquez - 1620

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TitleMadre Maria Jeronima de la Fuente
ArtistDiego Velazquez
Dimensions125 x 160 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About Madre Maria Jeronima de la Fuente

The artwork titled “Madre Maria Jeronima de la Fuente” is a Baroque-era oil on canvas portrait painted by the renowned artist Diego Velazquez in the year 1620. The portrait measures 125 by 160 centimeters and is currently housed at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain. This work exemplifies Velazquez’s skill in portraiture, a genre for which he is particularly distinguished.

In the artwork, the figure of Madre Maria Jeronima de la Fuente is depicted with solemnity and grace. She is portrayed standing, occupying the majority of the canvas, which underscores her importance and presence. Her attire is that of a religious habit, indicating her monastic life. The dark tones of her clothing contrast with her pale complexion and the white elements of her habit, including the wimple and the bib-like piece around her neck. Her face is marked by a neutral expression, with deep-set eyes that convey a sense of contemplation or inward reflection.

Madre Maria holds a crucifix in her left hand, directing attention to her faith and commitment to her religious vocation. The crucifix itself is relatively simple, devoid of extensive ornamentation, which aligns with the aesthetic of humility and devotion. Her right hand gently grasps a rosary, further alluding to her pious character.

The background is dark, allowing the figure to stand out sharply, yet it simultaneously envelops her in an aura of mystique. This darkness is characteristic of the Baroque movement’s dramatic use of chiaroscuro, where the interplay of light and shadow adds depth and volume to the subject.

The Latin inscription at the top of the artwork and the detailed text at the bottom provide context to the figure’s religious significance and identity. The letters affirm the virtues of silent prayer, a principle evidently embodied by the serene demeanor of Madre Maria in the portrait. Velazquez’s adept use of texture, realistic portrayal of the human form, and capacity to evoke the subject’s inner life are all evident in this refined piece of Baroque portraiture.

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