The Count-Duke Of Olivares On Horseback by Diego Velazquez, painted in 1634, is an oil on canvas painting that features Gaspar de Guzmán y Pimentel, the Count-Duke of Olivares. The painting measures 314 x 240 centimeters and is located in the Museo Del Prado in Madrid. Velazquez utilized the treatment of light and shadow to draw attention to points of importance and set moods or atmospheres within his pieces. The use of chiaroscuro emphasizes this focus and sets apart objects from the background for modern viewers as it did for contemporary artisans.
Velazquez was a painter at King Philip IV’s court in Spain, making him a master of technique with a highly individual style. He may have had a greater influence on European art than any other painter, counting luminaries such as Picasso, Manet and Kandinsky amongst his admirers. Amongst his other works is another famous portrait, The Buffoon Calabazas (Calabacillas) painted between 1637-1639. It highlights once more his innovative use of color schemes and shows the daily life characters painted with precision and dignity as displayed in The Count-Duke of Olivares on Horseback piece discussed here today.