The Dwarf Sebastian de Morra (c. 1644) by Diego Velazquez

The Dwarf Sebastian de Morra - Diego Velazquez - c.1645

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TitleThe Dwarf Sebastian de Morra
ArtistDiego Velazquez
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions81 x 106 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid

About The Dwarf Sebastian de Morra

“The Dwarf Sebastian de Morra” is a Baroque-era portrait painted by Diego Velazquez circa 1645. Velazquez has rendered the subject with oil on canvas, and the artwork measures 81 by 106 centimeters. It currently resides in the Museo del Prado, Madrid, where it continues to be appreciated for its artistic and historical significance.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with an intimate and candid portrait of Sebastian de Morra, one of the dwarfs who served at the court of Philip IV of Spain. De Morra is depicted seated on the ground with a powerful and direct gaze towards the viewer. The impact of the subject’s expression is magnified by Velazquez’s skillful use of light and shadow, capturing the dignity and humanity of de Morra with a realism that was revolutionary for the time. His attire is colorful and elaborate, juxtaposing the richness of the court against the simplicity of his seated pose. The dark, neutral background further emphasizes the figure, showcasing the Baroque style’s characteristic contrast and depth. This masterful portrayal goes beyond the conventions of court painting, offering viewers not just a likeness, but a profound engagement with the individuality of the subject.

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