The Infanta Maria Marguerita in Pink (1659) by Diego Velazquez

The Infanta Maria Marguerita in Pink - Diego Velazquez - 1659

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TitleThe Infanta Maria Marguerita in Pink
ArtistDiego Velazquez
Dimensions212 x 147 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About The Infanta Maria Marguerita in Pink

“The Infanta Maria Margarita in Pink” is a Baroque portrait painted by the renowned artist Diego Velazquez in 1659. Created using oil on canvas, the artwork measures 212 x 147 cm. It is currently housed at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain. This painting is a fine example of Velazquez’s skill in portraying royal figures, capturing the elegance and formality of the Spanish court during that era.

In the painting, we observe the young Infanta Maria Margarita, daughter of King Philip IV of Spain, portrayed with an almost ethereal presence. Her face is delicately rendered with a subtle play of light that highlights her youthful features and the solemnity of her gaze. The Infanta wears a lavish pink dress with bold green stripes and adorned with intricate lace and decorations, reflecting the opulence of her royal status.

The fabric of her dress is depicted with a mastery of texture and volume, giving the viewer a sense of the weight and richness of the materials used. Velazquez’s attention to detail is seen in the meticulous rendering of the golden chain, the white ruffles, and the tassels on her sleeves. The red accents of her outfit, including the large bows in her hair, add a vibrant contrast to the otherwise muted tones of the painting.

Maria Margarita stands against a dark, almost enigmatic background that serves to draw attention to her figure, emphasizing her importance and centrality in the composition. The folds of a heavy red curtain on the left balance the picture and add depth, which is characteristic of the Baroque movement’s dynamic arrangements and use of light and shadow.

Velazquez’s portrayal of the royal infant is both grand and intimate, offering a glimpse into the formality of the Spanish court while also humanizing the young princess with a sensitive and insightful depiction.

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