Prince Balthasar Carlos (c.1639) by Diego Velazquez

Prince Balthasar Carlos - Diego Velazquez - c.1639

Artwork Information

TitlePrince Balthasar Carlos
ArtistDiego Velazquez
Dimensions99 x 128.5 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationKunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

About Prince Balthasar Carlos

“The Portrait of Prince Balthasar Carlos” is an oil on canvas artwork by the Spanish Baroque artist Diego Velazquez, created circa 1639. Its dimensions are 99 by 128.5 cm, and it is currently on display at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria. The painting falls within the genre of portraiture, a field in which Velazquez was particularly renowned.

The artwork depicts Prince Balthasar Carlos, dressed in elegant attire befitting his status. He is shown standing, with his right hand resting on what appears to be a baton or command staff, indicating his royal position and potential future as a military leader. His left hand is elegantly resting on his hip, emphasizing the luxurious detail of his outfit, which includes a black tunic embroidered with intricate designs and a lace collar typical of the era. His facial expression is serious and somewhat inscrutable, appropriate for a young prince of his stature. Velazquez’s mastery of texture and detail is evident in the fine rendering of fabrics and adornments, contributing to the lifelike quality and psychological depth for which his portraits are celebrated. The background is muted, with a curtain and what appears to be a ledge or part of a chair, drawing the viewer’s focus to the figure of the prince and his rich attire.

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