Philip IV of Spain in Brown and Silver (1631 – 1632) by Diego Velazquez

Philip IV of Spain in Brown and Silver - Diego Velazquez - 1631 - 1632

Artwork Information

TitlePhilip IV of Spain in Brown and Silver
ArtistDiego Velazquez
Date1631 - 1632
Dimensions131 x 231 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About Philip IV of Spain in Brown and Silver

The artwork “Philip IV of Spain in Brown and Silver” is a distinguished portrait painted by Diego Velazquez between 1631 and 1632. Employing oil on canvas as his medium, Velazquez captures the essence of the Baroque art movement within the dimensions of 131 by 231 centimeters. As a genre, this work falls into the category of portraiture and it is currently located at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain.

The portrait showcases Philip IV of Spain, dressed in a regal outfit that is brown with silver embellishments. The king is standing with one hand resting on what appears to be a table or a similar piece of furniture, while his other hand holds a letter or document. The attire is marked by intricate detailing and rich textures, reflecting the wealth and status of the monarch. The armor-like design of his clothing, combined with the softness of the lace at his wrists and the richness of the cloak draped over his shoulder, are indicative of the fashion of the time and the social position of the subject. His facial expression is somber, yet dignified, barring the personality of a ruler who carries the weight of his office. The background is minimal, featuring dark and warm tones, adding to the dramatic and intense atmosphere characteristic of Baroque artworks. Velazquez’s masterful use of light emphasizes the figure of Philip IV, drawing attention to the intricate details of his attire and his regal bearing.

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