Infanta Margarita de Velázquez

Infanta Margarita de Velázquez
Infanta Margarita de Velázquez

This oil canvas was painted by Diego de Velázquez in 1659, and is currently on display at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

How did this work by the Spanish painter reach this museum in the Austrian capital? It's very simple, the Infanta Margarita was the daughter of the kings of Spain Felipe IV and Mariana of Austria, and practically since she was born it was decided that she would end marrying her cousin Leopold, who was the heir to the Austrian Empire. For this reason several portraits were made of her throughout her childhood to be sent to Vienna.

Infanta Margarita de Velazquez

Infanta Margarita de Velázquez

Among other court painters, Velázquez himself made several portraits of him, the first at the early age of 3. Although, among all of them there is an image of the Infanta that stands out above all, although it is not an individual portrait. We are talking about Las Meninas, since she is the girl who occupies the center of the great work of the Museo del Prado.

In fact, the different portraits that the Sevillian painter made of the princess allow us to see how she grew and developed. Although we can also see that with different members of the royal family, whom he obviously portrayed on numerous occasions, being the main court painter at the time and of course the favorite of the monarch PhilipIV.

Furthermore, among the different images of the infanta, you can also see some constants in the poses, even in fashion and hairstyle. We always tend to see her with open arms, occupying the full width of those pompous and impractical skirts.

Of all the picture the face of the girl stands out, that here she was about eight years old, although she almost looks older. Her face is framed by the blonde mass of her hair, very light and further enhanced by the different dark green bows. She positions the girl so that she completely fills the canvas, highlighting her figure thanks to that very clear head and the enormous blue dress that occupies much of the canvas.

It's amazing how the artist pays exceptional attention to her delicate childlike face, an attention matched only when she paints lace down to the finest detail.

But in addition to that, in addition to the undoubted mastery with the brushes of Velázquez the characterization of the character is also very important, that of a girl who is growing up fast and who knows the future that awaits him.

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