Portrait of the Count Duke of Olivares (1624) by Diego Velazquez

Portrait of the Count Duke of Olivares - Diego Velazquez - 1624

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of the Count Duke of Olivares
ArtistDiego Velazquez
Dimensions203 x 106 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationMuseo de Arte de Sao Paulo (MASP), Sao Paulo, Brazil

About Portrait of the Count Duke of Olivares

The artwork “Portrait of the Count Duke of Olivares” is a notable example of the Baroque period, crafted by the illustrious artist Diego Velazquez in 1624. Utilizing oil on canvas as his medium, Velazquez created a portrait with the substantial dimensions of 203 by 106 centimeters. As a genre, this piece qualifies as a portrait, capturing the visage and stature of its distinguished subject. Presently, the painting is housed at the Museo de Arte de Sao Paulo (MASP) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where it continues to command admiration from viewers.

In the artwork, Velazquez depicts the Count Duke of Olivares as a figure of authority and influence. The subject stands confidently, one hand resting casually upon his hip, the other lightly gripping a draped red curtain, which adds a splash of color to the composition and underscores his status. His attire is rich and elaborate, befitting a person of his high rank, with a dark, opulent cloak adorned with a golden chain and embellishments. The Count’s facial expression reflects a sense of calm assurance, and his gaze seems to engage viewers directly, commanding respect. The stark contrast between the dark tones of the clothing and the lighter background emphasizes the Count’s powerful presence. This masterful portrayal exemplifies Velazquez’s adeptness at capturing the essence of his subjects, reflecting the grandeur and drama characteristic of the Baroque era.

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