The Infanta Maria of Austria (1630) by Diego Velazquez

The Infanta Maria of Austria - Diego Velazquez - 1630

Artwork Information

TitleThe Infanta Maria of Austria
ArtistDiego Velazquez
Dimensions44 x 55 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About The Infanta Maria of Austria

The artwork “The Infanta Maria of Austria” was painted by the renowned artist Diego Velazquez in 1630. This oil on canvas portrait is a quintessential example of the Baroque art movement. The painting measures 44 cm by 55 cm and is part of a genre specializing in portraits. Currently, this piece can be viewed at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain.

In the painting, the Infanta Maria is depicted with a pale, solemn face that reflects the formal portraiture style of the era. Her hair is curly and auburn, styled high upon her head, and she looks directly at the viewer with an enigmatic expression. She is adorned with an elegant, wide lace collar that frames her neckline and hints at the sumptuous fashion of 17th century Spanish nobility. The earthy tones and subdued color palette are characteristic of Velazquez’s works from this period, as he captures both the likeness and the gravitas of the young royal.

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