VELÁZQUEZ, Diego Rodriguez de Silva y
(b. 1599, Sevilla, d. 1660, Madrid)
Juan Mateosc. 1634
Oil on 109 x 90 cm
The sitter of this portrait is Juan Mateos, the Royal Master of the Hunt in Madrid. It gives significance to the painting that it is a portrait of someone other than a member of the royal family, their Minister Olivares, or the dwarves and fools who populated the palace. The painting formerly was attributed to Rubens, or Titian.