VELÁZQUEZ, Diego Rodriguez de Silva y
(b. 1599, Sevilla, d. 1660, Madrid)

Philip IV in Armour

c. 1628
Oil on canvas, 58 x 44,5 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Philip IV in Armour, a portrait of the period around 1628, over-painted and cut to its present size at a later date, probably was executed after the portrait of the king in parade armour painted around 1623, by Juan Bautista Maino. This picture by Philip's Italian-trained drawing master also shows the subject in a lifelike attitude, but the modelling of the face in Velázquez's portrait is much more expressive, and its extrovert clarity shows up more impressively in contrast to the sash draped decoratively over the armour and painted in many shades of red.