Portrait of the Infanta Maria Marguerita (1654) by Diego Velazquez

Portrait of the Infanta Maria Marguerita - Diego Velazquez - 1654

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of the Infanta Maria Marguerita
ArtistDiego Velazquez
Dimensions70 x 59 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationLouvre, Paris, France

About Portrait of the Infanta Maria Marguerita

The artwork titled “Portrait of the Infanta Maria Margarita” is an oil painting on canvas by the renowned artist Diego Velazquez created in the year 1654. This portrait is a quintessential example of the Baroque art movement, characterized by its dramatic use of color and light. The artwork’s dimensions are 70 by 59 centimeters and it depicts a genre of portraiture. Currently, it is housed at the Louvre in Paris, France.

This compelling artwork features a young girl depicted with a striking presence and a thoughtful expression. Gazing directly at the viewer, the Infanta Maria Margarita is adorned in attire fitting her royal station, with an ornate dress that is rich in texture and embellishment. The artist employs a deft use of lighting to highlight the softness of the subject’s skin and the intricate details of her dress, which is adorned with ribbons and lace. The neutral background contrasts with the detailed rendering of her costume and the engaging subtlety of her face, thus emphasizing her figure and lending her an air of importance befitting her status. Velazquez’s skillful brushwork and the psychological depth he imparts to this portrait exemplify why he is celebrated as a master portraitist of the Baroque era.

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