Portrait of Pedro de Barberana y Aparregui (1631 – 1632) by Diego Velazquez

Portrait of Pedro de Barberana y Aparregui - Diego Velazquez - 1631 - 1632

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Pedro de Barberana y Aparregui
ArtistDiego Velazquez
Date1631 - 1632
Dimensions111.4 x 198.1 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationKimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, US

About Portrait of Pedro de Barberana y Aparregui

The artwork “Portrait of Pedro de Barberana y Aparregui” was painted by the Spanish master Diego Velazquez between 1631 and 1632. This oil on canvas portrait is an exemplar of the Baroque art movement and measures approximately 111.4 by 198.1 cm. The artwork, partaking of the portrait genre, is held in the collection of the Kimbell Art Museum located in Fort Worth, Texas, United States.

The artwork presents a full-length portrayal of Pedro de Barberana y Aparregui, standing against a subdued background. Pedro de Barberana y Aparregui is depicted in an austere, yet dignified stance. He wears a black cloak with intricate red designs that indicate status, over what appears to be a similarly colored gown or doublet. His white collar, characteristic of the period, frames his face and draws attention to his composed expression. His face conveys a sense of gravity and confidence, with a hint of introspection. His left hand rests gently on the hilt of his sword, an implication of his social standing, and possibly, his profession. His right hand holds a broad-brimmed hat. The brushwork is indicative of Velazquez’s skill in conveying texture and depth, from the embroidery on the cloak to the subtle nuances of the subject’s complexion and the folds of his clothing. The composition is balanced with a thoughtful play of light and shadow, demonstrating the artist’s mastery in rendering both the human form and the materials of the sitter’s attire.

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