Portrait of Mariana of Austria, Queen of Spain (1655 – 1657) by Diego Velazquez

Portrait of Mariana of Austria, Queen of Spain - Diego Velazquez - 1655 - 1657

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Mariana of Austria, Queen of Spain
ArtistDiego Velazquez
Date1655 - 1657
Dimensions66 x 56 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationThyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain

About Portrait of Mariana of Austria, Queen of Spain

The artwork “Portrait of Mariana of Austria, Queen of Spain” is a distinguished piece by Diego Velazquez, dating from the period 1655 to 1657. It exemplifies the Baroque movement through its use of rich detail and depth. This oil on canvas painting measures 66 by 56 centimeters, and it is a portrait by genre. Currently, it can be viewed at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, located in Madrid, Spain.

Regarding the artwork itself, it depicts Mariana of Austria with a solemn expression, highlighting her royal stature and the fashion of the time. The portrait is characterized by Velazquez’s skillful use of light to create a sense of volume, and his delicate brushwork that captures the textures of her attire and accessories. Her dress is lavishly ornamented, and the elaborate hairstyle and the intricate lace and embroidery of her collar are rendered with precision. The background remains dark, which enhances the focus on the figure of the queen. In this representation, her poised demeanor and the luxurious attire signify her status and importance in the royal court. The subtle interplay of light and shadow, along with the realism and attention to detail, are typical of Velazquez’s work and of the broader Baroque era.

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