Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian (1634 – 1635) by Diego Velazquez

Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian - Diego Velazquez - 1634 - 1635

Artwork Information

TitleQueen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian
ArtistDiego Velazquez
Date1634 - 1635
Dimensions301 x 314 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian

The artwork “Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian” is an oil on canvas painting created by the renowned Baroque artist Diego Velazquez between the years 1634 and 1635. Measuring approximately 301 by 314 cm, this grand portrait is part of the collection at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain. Demonstrating Velazquez’s mastery of the portrait genre, the artwork captures the regal presence of its subject with great finesse and detail.

The portrayal features Queen Isabel of Bourbon mounted on a white horse, which is rearing up slightly on its hind legs. The queen, adorned in a richly embellished riding habit, exudes a sense of stately poise and elegance. Her attire is opulent, characterized by intricate embroidery and luxurious fabrics, befitting her royal status. The horse’s harness and its caparison are similarly adorned, echoing the grandeur of its rider.

Both the background and the sky have been rendered with a subdued palette, allowing the figure of the queen and her steed to command the viewer’s attention. The dynamism of the rearing horse adds to the dramatic effect typical of the Baroque movement. Velazquez’s skill in capturing texture, fabric, and the subtle nuances of light and shadow, contributes to the lifelike quality of the painting, making the artwork a notable example of portraiture from this period.

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