Prince Balthasar Carlos on horseback (1634 – 1635) by Diego Velazquez

Prince Balthasar Carlos on horseback - Diego Velazquez - 1634 - 1635

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TitlePrince Balthasar Carlos on horseback
ArtistDiego Velazquez
Date1634 - 1635
Dimensions173 x 209 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About Prince Balthasar Carlos on horseback

The artwork “Prince Balthasar Carlos on horseback” is an eminent creation by Diego Velazquez, crafted between the years 1634 and 1635. This oil on canvas masterpiece adopts the dynamic and grandeur style characteristic of the Baroque movement. Spanning an impressive 173 by 209 cm, this portrait dominates its space with a commanding presence. It presently resides at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain, where it continues to be an exemplar of Velazquez’s portraiture skills.

The artwork presents a regal depiction of Prince Balthasar Carlos, the son of King Philip IV of Spain, mounted on a spirited horse. The prince, attired in exquisite attire that befits his royal status, gazes resolutely into the distance. His outfit, embellished with intricate patterns and luxurious fabrics, signifies his nobility and the wealth of the Spanish court. A large, plumed hat sits atop his youthful head, which, despite his tender age, carries an expression of maturity and confidence. The horse itself is a magnificent specimen, captured mid-action with its mane flowing and muscles tensed, conveying both power and movement. Vibrant colors envelop the scene, from the rich browns of the horse to the deep blues and greens of the landscape that recedes into a hazy distance. The attention to detail in the folds of the fabric, the embroidery of the attire, and the anatomy of the horse further demonstrates the remarkable skill and artistry of Velazquez. The landscape provides a dramatic backdrop, underscoring the stature and importance of the young prince as a central figure within the vastness of nature and the kingdom he was born to inherit.

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